Skip to comments.Democracy Has Failed Because We Have Failed
Posted on 04/29/2014 4:53:17 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Until We Learn to Be Sovereign, the Illegitimate State Will Continue.
A recent editorial column here at the PanAm Post spoke of the failures of the opposition parties in Venezuela and their culpability in the collapse of their country. The article raises some very important questions about democracy itself. Democracy, after all, is a very good system, and can produce some very positive results. However, it is also a system fraught with incredible danger.
Democracy represents the will of the people, but it also represents their whims, their fears, and their prejudices.
The Historical Legacy: False Promises, Division, Failure
It was democracy that created the Jim Crow segregation laws of the south, and democracy that later repealed them, with a lot of help from the courts. It was democracy that created prohibition, and then repealed the ban on alcohol in the United States. Democracy created the war on drugs, and it continues to this day.
It was democracy that made smokers the lepers of todays society, based on false and misleading scientific data; if true, it would have resulted in a ban on automobiles and the internal combustion engine decades ago. Democracy bans sodas of a certain size, allows the passage of constitutional amendments that prohibit certain people from getting married, and establishes criminal and anti-terror laws based entirely on fear.
Democracy promises free money, no-consequence social programs, and crisis management based on diversion of responsibility. Democracy promises equal housing and equal benefits socialist programs sold as good business that eventually lead directly to financial crisis and collapse. The blame for the poor economy then rests on Wall Street bankers, who did exactly as the democratically elected politicians asked, and even helped these same politicians make millions for themselves.
It was a democratic process elections that gave rise to Adolf Hitler and Hugo Chávez, and it continues to be the preferred method for selecting socialists, both moderate and extreme, around the globe. In the Americas, opposition parties, such as those in Venezuela, continue to offer the same sort of free-money schemes that brought down Greece, and threaten to do the same to France and other nations. The latest in this line is guaranteed basic income: US$2,000 a month for every adult to help him with his basic needs.
Civil disobedience against the tyranny of the majority.
Supporters of this proposal often dont mention the cost of such a venture: that $2,000 multiplied by 200,000,000 adults, multiplied by 12 months in a year, equals $4.8 trillion in other words, more than we currently spend on everything else combined, which we already necessarily borrow a trillion dollars a year to fund. This proposal is put forth despite a national debt that officially exceeds $17 trillion, a total debt of more than $60 trillion, and unfunded liabilities that exceed $100 trillion. The current debt exceeds annual global economic activity, excluding the United States. To put it another way, our total debt exceeds all of the wealth created in a single year worldwide not including our economy.
Democracy is what allows us to debate the value and appropriateness of whether to cut a few billion dollars in spending now or a trillion dollars over 10 years, which would represent a mere 3 percent reduction in current spending projections even at a time when total spending would rise anyway, possibly negating those cuts altogether. Democracy allows us to consider this a normal part of doing business and not the existential crisis that it represents.
The Great Fiction: Mob Rule, Legalized Plunder
Government, even in a democracy, is a thief. It is a criminal organization that takes money and property by force and violates its contracts. Whether for the greater good or the common good, government is power by force even if the action occurs after an open, free, and democratic election.
In Venezuela, opposition members have continually sought dialogue and established agreements with the government that were then completely ignored or willfully violated. After the Indian Wars, native-American tribes did the same thing, with the same results. Rulers in the United States have continued this under a concept called the Constitution.
Within that constitution is a Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments. Yet how many of those contractual agreements have been violated just over the last 50 years? How many times has the US Supreme Court upheld the 9th and 10th amendments regarding states rights and powers reserved to the people not delegated to the federal government? How many times have we heard a new and novel interpretation of the 4th amendment regarding unreasonable searches and seizures, and how many times must we endure another philosophical discussion about what the definition of is is?
Shall we again discuss and debate the right or not to be safe in our homes and properties and papers and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures? Shall we endure another discussion about the definition of the words, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed? Shall we again hear about the statement that preceded those words and how they may not have actually meant that you can keep and bear arms.
Rules for You but Not for Us (the Elites)
The rule of law in a democracy can only exist if those in power abide by the rule of law that authorizes their offices and limits their powers? Once they ignore that rule (the US Constitution), once they infringe upon the liberties in the Bill of Rights, once they find a new and novel interpretation to the constitution that allows them to crush yet another freedom, the rule of law is dead.
How can anyone be expected to follow any law passed by any legislature or congress in the United States or elsewhere, if those enacting those laws ignore the organic law that created their office? What more debate shall we have?
How can you negotiate with a thief? How can you find compromise with a criminal organization or middle ground with the mob? How can any of us vote for any politician who does not recognize and act upon the existential threat that is our current national debt and agree to balance the budget immediately by any means necessary? How can we support any government that promises to protect civil liberties of voters, but does not prosecute the black panthers for standing armed in front of polling stations?
Our Own Dependency, Pettiness, Gullibility Perpetuate the Problem
Democracy can only work if the people and the politicians they elect assume the responsibility that naturally comes with being free and sovereign men and women. It can only work if honesty is the rule of law, not the punchline of a party joke. How can anyone have a sane and serious conversation so long as we are, for example, wedded to continuing social security, maintaining the size and scope of our military, or implementing a health care plan that will likely extend and exacerbate the current fiscal disaster that is the United States?
Democracy has failed. As a nation and as a planet, we have allowed our emotions to decide our voting decisions and our agendas to persuade politicians, but we have rarely held anyone to account, much less ourselves. We would rather argue over abortion or allege a war on women that doesnt exist. We would rather call an Hispanic man a white racist than accept that maybe a black man was killed because he tackled someone and bashed his head repeatedly into the ground while yelling, Im going to kill you.
We have allowed our government to bus people in to protest that very event, the killing of Trayvon Martin, and we have allowed our government to try to prosecute a man who by all accounts acted in self-defense. We have allowed our government to steal land, regulate crops, listen to our phone calls, read our emails, bomb innocent civilians, tax people unfairly while allowing the majority of the adult population to not work or pay taxes. This is the same government that recently tried to slaughter thousands of cattle, allegedly so the Chinese could build a solar energy plant on our soil all in the name of protecting an animal that many didnt know even existed.
We allow this; we tolerate this with our vote or lack of it, our short memories, and because we want to do the right thing and not be too unreasonable. Our politicians, fearing the manipulation of the of the masses by a fifth estate that long ago sold its soul to various corporate and political movements, continue to play the game of who can give the most free money.
What is happening in Venezuela and what happened in Greece will be nothing compared to the global financial calamity that awaits the US people and any nation or peoples who rely on the once great republics economic, military, and political influence.
It is madness, pure and simple. Democracy has failed us, because we have failed ourselves.
We live in a republic which as a democratic voting apparatus.
Well, at least we did until 2008 as we now have something more akin to an elected kingdom.
United States was founded as a Republic, not a democracy.
voting and elections was killed by Lois Lerner. She mus be tried and executed for her crimes against the voting republic.
Lois Lerner has destroyed democracy with the cudgel of the IRS
Democracy always fails. That is why it is called mobocracy.
The 17th amendment was only the begining.
I’ve said since 2008 (it took me that long to realize it) that the problem is not the elected officials. It is the electorate.
The Democrat Party was usurped and converted into a socialist party with pecific political agendas acting on behalf of foreign puppet masters and interests. Those within the Party are too blind to see it and can’t see the forest for the trees.
Three rapists and two women voting on how to spend the afternoon.
This nation is a republic, and we have a republican government, not a democracy.
See my book at the website in my tagline.
The Democrat Party was usurped and converted into a socialist party with specific political agendas acting on behalf of foreign puppet masters and interests. Those within the Party are too blind to see it and cant see the forest for the trees.
The Democrat Party was usurped and converted into a socialist party with pecific political agendas acting on behalf of foreign puppet masters and interests. Those within the Party are too blind to see it and cant see the forest for the trees.
The democrats and republicans are the same organization. They are just playing “good cop, bad cop” with us.
Yeah, but what can you do?
Wanna be called (shudder) WAAAAYCYST?????????
Thanks for those quotes. There is another I’m trying to find that said something along the lines of “democracy seems to think that an elecorate of idiots can produce positive results” or something like that.
> I agree, but Ill ad a facet I didnt see until about ten years ago, and time has proven it to be accurate:
The democrats and republicans are the same organization. They are just playing good cop, bad cop with us.
It sure seems so. I think we have a wolf in sheep’s clothing that is being controlled by foreign interests and that he is following a script given to him by puppet masters with the promise of a big payoff in the end. His goal; soften America up for the knockout punch.
With the country split roughly 50/50 dem & gop, that actually means it’s split 75/25 liberal-statist & conservative-constitutionalist. Is there any wonder why our nation and society are headed over the proverbial cliff?
We’ve gone from the “greatest generation” -to- a nation of spoiled selfish brats within just two or three generations. Looking at today’s youth, where are the future leaders who will lead the country out of this mess with the founders ideals firmly in mind?
The future does not look good for us as a nation or society. It’s said that the best lessons are learned hardest. I believe we are in for a series of extremely hard lessons like we’ve never seen before.
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
~~Alexander Fraser Tyler, “The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic”
Democracies always fail. That’s why the founders of the United States created a representative republic. It lasted for a lot longer than any democracy, but it has devolved into a fascist state with fraudulent elections.
I don’t give a rat’s ass about democracy. I’m concerned about freedom, liberty, and natural rights.
Modern Leftists use the word democracy as a replacement for freedom or liberty, its not.
Democracy is the least-worst, acceptable method for a group of people to determine toppings for a communal pizza, but as a method of picking sexual partners its no better than totalitarianism.
Democracy fails when it is used to infringe on an individuals rights.
That would be Woody Woodpecker Wilson.
The author’s premise “democracy is a very good system” is false. A mixed constitution with both democratic and anti-democratic elements, provided the proper balance is maintained, is a very good system. Unfortunately the shelf-life for the proper balance seems to be somewhere between 125 and 300 years.
Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner.
In all systems (even communism) there will be those with money and the poor. Democracy allows the poor to create laws that those with money have to live by. Including laws which can confiscate their money and possessions.
“With the country split roughly 50/50 dem & gop...”
Only 50-60% of those who can vote in national elections usually do so, if I recall. Less for local and state. Of those who do vote in national elections around 45% generally vote one way and 45% the other, they know the reason they vote the way they do, even if it’s sometimes a stupid reason or wrong. The other 10% of those who do vote are the ones that can be swayed to change their vote by a debate flub, campaign commercial or last minute breaking scandal. So we have the most gullible, those who really have no set way of thinking, being the deciding factor in many elections.