It is rumored that Ben Franklin once said, "democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to eat for dinner." I wasn't there, so I can't say if he said it or not. Conservatives, as long as I've known them, have always maintained that we are NOT a democracy. We are a constitutional republic, so that the rights of the minority aren't trampled by the will of the majority.
Then Prop 8 in Calofornia comes along, and suddenly, republicans have a new found passion for democracy. The people had spoken, and gays would be banned from marrying each other. Lo and behold, the 9th circuit has ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional.
Now, allow me to pause and explain something: prohibition of alcohol was constitutional, while the war on drugs is not. How? Because they amended the damn constitution to ban alcohol, while the war on drugs was not. Prop 8 was not a constitutional amendment, therefore, the 9th circuit was absolutely right to declare that no, the two wolves don't get to decide what's for dinner.
Now the republicans are up in arms about "activist judges" rewriting law to suit their bias. Once again, we see where both parties defend and abandon the constitution only when it fits their fucked up views.
Hopefully, this election cycle brings about the death of the democrat and republican parties, much like the 19th century saw the end of the Whigs and Tories. A more honest division of parties would be Socialist and Libertarian.
If not, I don't see how this can end without a civil war.