A Democratic Republic

by Azreel | October 22nd, 2008

Lately it seems that many people have forgotten that we live in a Democratic Republic. Our country is not a direct democracy. We don’t directly vote for our leaders or our laws.  And there’s a very good reason for this. The masses are stupid. And irrational. They vote emotionally.   Our founding fathers knew this, and designed a system set up to hopefully prevent us from electing Paris Hilton President.

The way the system is designed to work is that we elect representatives who are hopefully able to weed out the crap their constituents ask for and give us instead what we really need. Our representatives are failing us.  The system is working perfectly however.  We’re electing representatives who mirror our screeching demands for more milk from the government teat.

They have learned that doing what they’re supposed to means that they likely will not get reelected.  They now have focus groups and polling. They have lobbyists and action groups.  Focus groups and polling tell the politician what they need to tell us in order to become elected. They do NOT tell them what to do to fix the various problems plaguing our nation.  Focus groups and polling tell the polititcian what kind of pork and how much to send back to their states and districts.

The goal of the modern politician is to figure out what to say and what to do to guarantee their re-election.  The modern citizen is dumb and lazy and just wants the government to give them a hand out.  And so, we now have politicians who are not dumb, but who are just as fat and lazy as their constituents. 

Our congress critters have apparently heard the plaintive cries of the masses when they decided to bailout the thrift industry.  So, to soothe those cries they propose to give us another turn at the bottle. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says a second economic stimulus plan is needed now because of the faltering economy and she puts the price at $150 billion.

The House did pass a $61 billion economic aid proposal last month before lawmakers left Capitol Hill ahead of the Nov. 4 election. But a similar plan failed to pass the Senate.

In a way, I suppose it’s fitting.  We deserve what we get.

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