“Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father.”
- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Chapter 4
It's obvious that we ought to throw out things like slavery and stuff (of course, some traditions back then were quite anti-slavery, so come on). The generations that came before made far more sensible choices than iconoclastic societies, which have abandoned them simply because they misunderstood what their elders actually stood for. They survived listening to the voices of elders for generations. What I see is people looking only at the scandalous side of what some of the dead have stood for, and they don't look farther back. There is always something to learn, and it won't be learned if we simply dismiss anything that came before us, ourselves. We'll be doomed to repeat the bad parts in some way, shape, or form, even if it looks different. What our dead had and have is hope.
They don't care. They're dead. Dead people's views and opinions can sometimes have valid points so considering what they said and whether it makes any sense is a good thing but just because something is a tradition does not mean it should automatically be upheld. Some traditions are good. The Constitution and our rights under the Constitution is one such tradition. Bigotry towards homosexual people on the other hand is a tradition that needs to die out.
By factoring in the wishes of the dead, we would never be able to make any progress. Many of our ancestors believed in the concept of slavery, and saw nothing wrong with it. If we took their views into account, we would be stuck conforming to a society that simply doesn't exist anymore.
This is a bad idea regarding Democracy of the Dead. Governance of units needs to be based on the citizens who are making up the population. Democracy is fluid and needs to adapt to modern attitudes and ideas. Do not rely on the past as we need to look forward to the future.
I think that with anyone who is dead, they really don't get a chance for anyone to care about them anymore. They aren't going to be around to give their opinion, so why should it matter what we think about them or how they would have voted. Live for today.