Sunday, May 21, 2017

Maybe Democracy Isn't Such A Great Idea

There are a lot of reasons why democracy might not be such a great idea, first and foremost the voters themselves. When you spend much time among the general populace and realize that they can vote for whatever they want and that I have to pay for it and/or have it impact my life significantly, it is kind of scary. To vote in America requires that you are born and manage to make it to age 18 without dying. That is it. You can be dumb as a stump, crazy, whatever, and still get to make decisions for other people. It doesn't matter if you can name who your senators are or the capital of your state or find Washington, D.C. on a map. It doesn't matter if you don't know how many states there are. You get to vote to decide how much someone should pay in property taxes even if you don't and never will own property. You don't have to know anything, have any sort of stake in the process or even really care at all, all you have to do is be 18 and manage to find your way to the polling place on the correct day. It certainly works better when power is decentralized so that the most important issues are local issues but that is not how it works today. Today most of the people who make the most critical decisions that affect how I live my life are made by people who have probably never been within 50 miles of my house. They don't know me and they don't care about me. Why should they?

Case in point, the honorable Maxine Waters who would be a shoo-in for the "Dumbest Politicians Ever" Hall of Fame if there was such a thing. I wouldn't trust her to make change from a dollar bill and yet the good people of her district in California have seen fit to inflict this simpleton on the rest of us and as 1/435th of the House she gets a direct say in how I live my life. You really can't exaggerate how stunningly dumb she is. She makes former Vice-President Dan Quayle seem like a genius in comparison (I met the VP in person in New Hampshire when he was running for President, he really is pretty dumb). A random sampling of clips of her from YouTube should send a chill down your spine. For example:

Does it seem reasonable to you that someone like this is a Federal lawmaker? She has been in Congress since the January following my graduation from high school, 26 years. Prior to that she was in the California State Assembly for 14 years, preceded by a few other jobs in politics and a degree in sociology. These are the qualifications of someone who occupies a seat in the Congress of the United States for more than a quarter century. When you look at the rogues gallery of lunatics (James Traficant), scumbags (Dennis Hastert) and various criminals who have served in Congress, it is really a miracle we are not worse off than we are.

The people of her district can vote for whoever they want. That is their right. That is also the problem. I wouldn't hire Maxine Waters to work the drive-thru at McDonalds but the people of California keep electing her reflexively over and over and over. I don't know what would be a better system than we have right now but our experiment with a democratically elected republican government is kind of a disaster. Maybe the system they used in Starship Troopers....
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