Democracy, a Remote Ideal
We have many words in the constitution and the media that create illusions. Democracy, liberty, freedom, national welfare and many other words are a few of these words.
While we have been futilely spreading democracy around the world, costly in tax money and lives, Americans have been lulled by the word national interests and are experiencing the destruction of our own democracy.
Athenian statesman and orator Pericles (495-429 B C) described the Athenian system of rule, which is close to my definition of a true democracy.
“Its administration favors the many instead of the few; this is why it is called a democracy. If we look to the laws, they afford equal justice to all in their private differences; if no social standing, advancement in public life falls to reputation for capacity, class considerations not being allowed to interfere with merit; nor again does poverty bar the way, if a man is able to serve the state, he is not hindered by the obscurity of his condition. The freedom which we enjoy in our government extends also to our ordinary life.”
If he could have been the moderator at the pseudo and hilarious but frightening debate in Iowa it may have been more authentic. It was agonizing watching the shallow questions and answers of candidates for President of our country. They all had similar answers to softball questions and spent much of their time bashing the President who wasn’t there to defend himself.
The candidates aggrandizing their personal life must not have learned in history about the morals of our slave owners, adulterers, heavy drinkers, orgy participants of that period and the intemperate lives of our leaders, including congress members, elected thereafter. All that glitters is not gold.
If a person is interested in real news watch Jon Stewart’ program or the first five minutes of Saturday Night Live as they delve behind the news the network media neglects.
The last two SNL openings were especially thought provoking; especially the chart ranking the most powerful people in the country. Congress was ranked first with Grover Norquist second, followed by Oprah Winfrey and a few other notables. The President was near the bottom just above Carrot Top. Parts of this ranking may be exaggerated, but much of it is real and worth taking seriously.
I write about this as in the 1950s, living in Wisconsin, I registered as a Republican so I could vote against Joe Mc McCarthy in the Primaries. I maintained this registration through most of the years as a means of choosing the most able Republican for all elected offices. If a Republican should win I wanted the most able one as my representative.
This year is going to be difficult as they all give the same meaningless views. I was most impressed with Ron Paul as he actually answered some questions. I agree with many of his Libertarian policies, but their full approach, similar to the Tea Party’s, would be like having a football game without any rules; which we’ve had had for many years.
I have decided to vote for Michele Bachmann as it would be worth money to witness her debate Obama
Maybe her husband who can change homosexuals into heterosexuals could change Obama family to white. This would enable him to get some of his programs passed in congress. This would eliminate the fears of most Southerners and subdued racists. They really don’t have to worry about the few middle class blacks as most blacks are segregated in substandard living conditions. Eliminating child labor laws, Newt’s solution to their problem is ludicrous.
I admire the Occupiers’ and hope they aren’t too late in their efforts. Until we can bring the jobs back from other countries there won’t be enough jobs to go around. One of the basics of economics is the power of supply and demand. The only way this could happen would not only replace our present congress, but our democratic system including our election satire.
Change comes from the bottom up, but vigilance of the many can be powerful against the few.