Big Sister, a.k.a. G.R. Mayor George Heartwell, was in a snit at this morning's city commission meeting. He is very unhappy with you slack-jawed, ignorant, rednecked voters who by a strong margin two weeks ago passed Proposal 2. That successful ballot measure is also known as the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which ends government racial and gender preferences in public hiring, college admissions, and contracting. In fact, Big Sister is so unhappy that he has said, To Hell with democracy!, and wants to sue you in federal court to overturn the result of the election. (To be precise, he wants you to sue yourself, because Big Sister wants the City of Grand Rapids, on your dime, to file the lawsuit against the State of Michigan who will then have to answer it, on your dime.)
Well, what did you expect from Heartwell? Like many so-called progressives, he is all for the people until the people have the temerity to exercise their sovereignty to make a decision he doesn't like. So, democracy goes out the window, as Heartwell and his ilk use any lever of power they can pull to thwart the will of the people. Typically that means finding a friendly judge on a federal bench who will put more stock into what he or she thinks the law should be rather than what it actually is. But it can also mean raising bureaucratic obstacles to implementation of the people's decision or even plain ol' foot-dragging. Sometimes it is more vicious, like the intimidation the leftist group "By Any Means Necessary" used to monkey-wrench the initiative process to try to stop Michigan voters from even getting a chance to vote on Proposal 2.
The reality of living in a democracy is dealing with election results you don't like. Big Sister doesn't get that, because, as progressives tend to do, he thinks his judgment is superior to that of the benighted and unwashed masses -- i.e., you and me. So he figures why should a mere election displace his judgment with your judgment? And that attitude might also explain why Big Sister doesn't think he needs to spend much time on doing the job you elected him to do, like balancing the city budget, staffing the city's fire stations, keeping the city pools open, and fixing the city streets.