Oh, don’t get me wrong: I’m as horrified as you probably are. And what did I, or you do, to “deserve” this? Well, nothing I suppose, but until we somehow start demanding better candidates and smarter campaigns, we’ll keep getting what we get. And that’s pure shit.
The real answer is to make voting harder. More paperwork. Start limiting who can vote in the first place. Weed out the casual voters. Oh, I know. I hear you. THAT’S UNDEMOCRATIC! Why you are surely correct. It is. But when voting for president becomes American Idol for the stupid and gullible, and when you can do it with absolutely zero effort (mail in voting, DMV registration) then this is what you get.
The great American writer of the early 20th century H.L. Mencken put it best: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
So without any more preamble, I present the following two videos. Laugh, cry, or punch your computer. The choice is yours.
I think you’re playing into the narrative derived from media confusion. It’s the media folk who don’t know why people aren’t voting for another Bush or a socialist. How can Millions (yes, capital M) vote for these two and the media ask, “who is voting for them?” We, the people, voted for them. Sure, not a majority outright, but a primary for a party only, which holds no office, isn’t always a majority at first.
The only difference between the two parties is that when self-involved Bern supporters trash a Trump rally, it’s democracy in action. When Trump supporters trash a… oh wait, republicans respect others.
Amen! The 1st rule should be if you don’t pay taxes, you don’t get to vote. Why should anyone who doesn’t pay into the system have anything to say about how the money is spent? That’s like asking your children about the family’s finances.
Brilliant Mark. Absolutely brilliant.