The U.S of A prides itself not only as a bastion of democracy, and on its somewhat bizarre and repeatedly proven fallible conviction that its version thereof should be thrust on all and sundry (and boy, Iraq is about as sundry as one can get) – but also on the processes by which the peoples’ choice of guardians and implementers of said democracy get their jobs. Ha!
Let’s not even dwell on how the current El Supremo managed to steal his first election to that office, and let’s leave it to historians, current and future, to opine whether or not ‘he that must be obeyed’ (a little bit of mutated plagiarism) will be deemed to be the most disastrous holder ever of that office; let’s just take a look at what’s been going on – for how long is it now? – to determine which of the current aspirants to that office will end up with all the marbles.
The very basis of the democratic process is, of course, the one(old enough)-person, one-vote axiom, but with some de facto assumptions like sufficient literacy to cope with registration procedures and ballot forms that are frequently unnecessarily (and deliberately?) complicated. Interesting idea really, since about half of any group of people – especially large ones like electorates – are, by definition, of below average intelligence, and that lot are tacitly expected to make ‘informed decisions’, despite clear evidence that many of them – and, for that matter, no few of the above average group too – don’t have the appetite for becoming well-informed, as evidenced, for example, by the sensitivity of the polls to the latest most often basically irrelevant gaffes by each of the contenders for office. Those gaffes may prove decisive, however, but how can they be avoided during campaigns as long and tedious as that in which the current adversaries have been engaged?
OK, Sir Winston, your epigrammatic utterings do tend to be hammer-like in their treatment of nails, but isn’t even your attenuated faith in democracy based on assuming that the electorate can be depended upon to separate the wheat from the gaffe?