Day-after statements should be ‘vox populi’

“Vox populi, vox dei,” is an old aphorism which means “the people speak with the voice of God.” Since God officially does not exist in the United States, perhaps it’s better stated, “the people speak with the voice of government,” or just “the people speak.”

From that perspective, it is always ironic when, the day after a vote, elected officials lament a defeat of their preference. For example, Gov. John Hickenlooper said, of Amendment 66’s defeat, “Every great social victory in the history of this country is based on a number of failures.” I believe that the only post-ballot statement an elected official is enfranchised to make is, “Vox populi. The people have spoken, and I will well and faithfully implement their decision.”

Chuck Yoos


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