Glimpses Of Democracy Wisdom Amongst The Republican Democracy Drama

Isaac Newton Farris Jr
9 min readJan 9

Since instant gratification is increasingly the goal in American society, the overreaction to Republicans’ failure to immediately elect a Speaker of the U.S. House might not be noteworthy, but glimpses of a founding father’s democracy wisdom on display within the Republican democracy drama to name a Speaker, are very noteworthy!!!

Mainstream news media and Democrats have wrongly described the 15 rounds of voting to elect a new Speaker of the House as dysfunction and chaos, nothing could be further from the truth. It is true however that taking 15 rounds of voting to elect a Speaker is quite unusual. Ironically the same news media that described the 15 rounds of voting as dysfunction and chaos, in the same breath informed us that there have been 14 other instances of Speaker elections requiring multiple ballots to elect a Speaker, therefore 15 rounds of a constitutional process following constitutional procedure rules can’t be dysfunctional or chaotic.

The 15 rounds over 4 days might have been inconvenient or chaotic to or for the news media to cover, it was time-consuming, it occurred at inconvenient times, it was boring at times, it was informative at times, it was truth-telling at times, it was play-acting at times, and at all times it was a lot of dramatic acts being performed legally and according to the rules of the U.S. House. Which means it was never dysfunctional or chaotic, it was drama democracy drama playing out according to the democracy wisdom of America’s founding fathers and the rules they set forth in the American Constitution.

Whether or not you agree with the conservative politics of Republican Congressman Chip Roy he spoke democracy wisdom when he said, as part of his speech to nominate a challenger to Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy for the Speakership of the House, that it was a good thing that Republican’s democracy drama was forcing the rare requirement that all members of the U.S. House, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, must be present on the House floor at the same time to debate and then vote on an issue. That’s the same democracy wisdom that inspired the…

Isaac Newton Farris Jr

Isaac Newton Farris Jr. is the nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serves as Senior Fellow at the King Center.