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The Most Basic Ingredient of Democracy PDF  | Print |  Email
By Thurman Hart   
June 24, 2008

This column appeared in the June 23 edition of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Daniel Webster once stated, "Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may." I can't help that he may have been thinking of something like Hudson County when he said it. Even in New Jersey's freewheeling political atmosphere, Hudson County is a special case. Many would like us to think that place is in history, not in contemporary actions. I would disagree.

There has been nothing so fundamental to political perfidy in Hudson County than electoral malfeasance. Unsurprisingly, our latest attempt at an election is being contested. And, it appears, rightfully so. The problem is that the recount is unlikely to shed any light on what is wrong in Hudson County.

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