The dilemma of the masses …
I don’t see any benefit from “people politics.” I think the notion of democracy, where each person gets a say in choosing who leads a society, has fooled people into believing that it takes the masses to get anything done. I agree that one person can’t move the mountains necessary for creating a society, but it doesn’t take a large mass of people either. Masses are considered by a small number of leading individuals as either a battering ram that knocks down perceived doors to power or as the sponge that absorbs the costs of building a society with the gains going to the leader of the pack.
The masses always end up with scraps that depreciate in value. They are so busy working to pay the taxes that fund that venture capital firm called government that they make no time to participate in the management of society.
Frankly, I like it that way. The tyranny of the masses of people who operate on their passions and misinformation frightens me. Just listen to C-SPAN’s Washington Journal any morning and you will cringe at the misinformation that emanates from some of the callers’ mouths. While I do not believe that citizens should be deprived of basic needs, I don’t think that the masses of citizens should be involved in policy making. I would be dishonest by saying that the franchise of voting should be open to all.
On the contrary, it needs to be denied to most. The best way for the individual to enjoy maximum protection is for all avenues that trespass on her liberty to be closed or severely blocked.
One example of the severity of mass ignorance is the removal trial of President Donald J. Trump occurring in Washington. The Democrats, uncertain of a victory over Mr Trump by any of its current candidates for their party’s nomination, have created a narrative designed to enrage and engage the electorate, the narrative being that Mr Trump abused his power by withholding military funds from the nation of Ukraine and that Mr Trump’s refusal to proffer White House staff for testimony before the House during its investigation of such abuse amounted to the “crime” of obstructing Congress.
The Democrats target rich environment of voters includes those who, rather than educating themselves on how the law defines presidential power or how the law defines abuse of that power, base their preference for impeachment on their genuine dislike for the President’s personality. The Democrats rather have an uninformed angry mob going into the voting booth this November versus an informed one.
Hence the dilemma of the masses. On the one hand, an uninformed tool easily riled by a party leadership. On the other hand, a mob that has no problem tainting a man’s legacy with charges found nowhere in the Constitution or federal statutes.
Time to rein in democracy ….
American democracy, at least on the national level, needs to be reined in. The Democrats would not be able to create consternation in the electorate for the purpose of generating momentum to the ballot booth if the electorate were not so easily reached. One approach would be to get rid of the popular vote and go to an enhanced republican system. While the voter continues to vote for their state representatives and state chief executives, state legislatures would be responsible for selecting from their own bodies the representatives to Congress. Congress would then be responsible for selecting the president and vice-president from its chambers.
The biggest benefit from an improved republic would be that in one fell swoop, voters could punish state representatives that selected the congressmen that voted for an ineffective or criminal president. Washington would stay on edge. To ensure that the needs of citizens are addressed first, Washington might stay focused on domestic issues versus adventurous campaigns abroad. The Executive and the Congress may find themselves in greater coordination on policy knowing that ineffective policy behavior by one branch of government severely impacts the other. Less conflict and more cooperation and communication would reduce the chances of the reckless impeachment behavior we are seeing now in Washington.
Democracy isn’t working. Democracy, by offering a passionate, uninformed mass to weigh in on the selection of leadership, creates gamesmanship that stokes fear rather than reason. It needs to be reined in.