The problem with Democracy, and the beauty of Democracy, is that everyone gets a vote, either directly or indirectly.
A Democracy is healthy when the people who vote are informed, objective, and savvy enough to vote in their own long-term self-interest.
The problem in America is that our Democracy (technically, our Republic) is powered by an unsophisticated electorate. If passing a 3rd grade math test was required in order for an individual to have the right to vote, I believe the number of active voters would decline by more than 60%. If, in addition, we required that voters know who our last Vice President was, the 60% figure would be revised to a decline in active voters of about 75%.
Now, you may think that I am being arrogant (because I am), but if you are both intelligent and objective, you must also be thinking that I am right. Now then, how can we ask an electorate that is more likely to know all of the winners of American Idol than to know the country we defeated in order to win our independence to understand matters of economics? The answer is we can’t. Yet we give them a voice, and they use it. They have nothing better to do so they call their elected officials and say, “DON’T PASS THIS BILL – IT IS UNAMERICAN – I DON’T WANT MY TAX DOLLARS GOING TO IT – THE CEOs ARE EVIL!!!!,” which is ironic because 1) these people probably pay very little if anything in taxes, and 2) they are the people who will be hurt the most if this bill doesn’t pass.
Well, the people of America got their way today. The bill was killed, and I don’t think a new version will get passed before the damage is done.
I don’t mean to only blame the vocal idiots that compose our electorate. There is also plenty of blame for the evil CEOs who created wealth for themselves without creating value. There is also plenty of blame for the whiny babies who took mortgages that they could not afford. And while Congress and the President should have had the foresight to see this problem coming from miles away, they refrained from acting both pre and post crisis.
I am amazed at how incompetent our elected officials are. That is a big statement for me to make because I have always considered them to be scum, but somehow they have earned a distinction as being less than scum in my book.
At first I was happy to see that Pelosi and the Democrats were getting behind this bill, but it is clear that they were simply playing politics. Pelosi gave a partisan speech less than 10 minutes before the vote that blamed Republicans. If she were a “true patriot” she would have reserved those comments for after the vote. How about the incompetent Boehner who could not deliver Republican votes? How about President Bush who, well, we all know how totally incompetent he is. How about all of the Democrats and Republicans who voted against this because they were too afraid of losing their seats? I’m sorry, but if there were any vote that would require political courage and country-before-self, it was this one, considering that those morons took an oath.
Forget about whether you believe this bill should have passed and just look at the situation for what it is. Congress was asked to do something important, they knew it was important, and they fell flat. The American people made them fear for their jobs and they didn’t have the courage to say, “i love you but you have no f’ing clue what you are talking about.”
My solution to Democracy is that the right to vote be extended only to those individuals who pass the same tests that immigrants must pass in order to be nationalized. How dare people have pride to be American if they don’t even know what it means to be American!
By the way, here is the list of the anti-patriots who voted against this bill.
Sánchez, Linda T.