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Democracy anyone?

tallcharlietallcharlie Member Posts: 673 ✭✭✭✭
edited April 2016 in Politics
Anyone that believes democracy is a viable political system for running a country need only look at the Trump campaign.

See, the problem with democracy is that it empowers the people to make the decisions, all of them.

So if a politician like Trump comes along, the people will vote for him using the same emotions and logic they last employed before buying a hula hoop, pet rock, lava lamp, or any other fad.

I mean, take a look at what's in the White House now. Well advertised, facts of his life suppressed, Barack Hussein Obama had no qualifications for the Presidency except the fact that people thought it would be neat, really cool to elect a black guy.

Okay, I know there are problems with the two-party system and winner-take-all elections. There are also problems with the parliamentary system and multiple parties, but generally the party system works, and historically political parties are not eternal.

Parties come and go, so when a party becomes ineffective, like the Republican Party, it can be abolished and replaced. After all, it replaced the Whigs.

Another example? The Democratic party. It's long gone. Today, the Democrats have assumed the political values of the American Socialist (Communist) Party and completely abandoned their prior claim to being the party of the little man.

So what does work? The answer is obvious: the democratic republic or, exactly what the Constitution established all these two-and-a-quarter centuries ago.

Comments

  • pwilliepwillie Member Posts: 20,233 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    We need a Caesar to lead the nation..[;)]
  • tallcharlietallcharlie Member Posts: 673 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by pwillie
    We need a Caesar to lead the nation..[;)]
    We have one, and his name is Barack.
  • Rack OpsRack Ops Member Posts: 18,593 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Republican Rome is probably the closest system to what you advoate....with a governing aristocracy holding power.

    The problem with disenfranching "the mob" is that it creates inherent instability...the kind of instability that brought down the Roman Republic.

    All Governmental systems have flaws...all of them, which is why no civilization has ever created a system of government that has lasted more than a few hundred years.
  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member Posts: 59,626 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    well said Tallcharlie.
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    And fiery auto crashes
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    While sifting through my ashes
    Some will fall in love with life
    And drink it from a fountain
    That is pouring like an avalanche
    Coming down the mountain
  • jerrywh818jerrywh818 Member Posts: 2,573 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    There is nothing wrong with the way our government was originally set up. The problem is this government is not at all what it was supposed to be. It is supposed to be small. Jefferson would be outraged. This government has become everything it was not supposed to be. As it is it cannot last much longer. The people are arming themselves and it ain't for hunting ducks. That is why the Democrats are so intent to disarm us.
    The second amendment is the only thing standing in the way of total tyranny. All included I figure I pay about 75% tax. Everything you touch is taxed to basically buy votes for both parties.
    Obama care was setup to establish insurance companies as a tax collection system for the government. The only people who gained in that case were the welfare class and it guarentees that they will never raise above that class. Welfare and socialism are guarenteed poverty.
  • SGSG Member Posts: 7,548
    edited November -1
    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding on what to have for dinner.

    A Constitutional Republic is two wolves and a lamb deciding on what to have for dinner with a law that states lamb can't be eaten for dinner and Supreme Court deciding that mutton isn't lamb.
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