Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Should we get the government we deserve?

H.L. Mencken once said of democracy, "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."

Well, in 2000 and 2004, that was pretty much true. (And spare me the silliness about the Busheviks "stealing" those elections... if the apathetic majority had really cared who was President, the only way the Busheviks could have "stole" those elections would have been at gunpoint). But in 2006 something odd happened: The common people changed their mind.

The result from the Busheviks has been... telling. Right-wing zealots who only months before had been touting the virtues of democracy are now showing their true colors as anti-democracy royalists. They want democracy only when the people vote for them. When the people do NOT vote for them, the right-wing zealots say "governing is too important to leave to the people!" and want to impose a military dictatorship.

Personally, I believe that the common people deserve to get what they want good and hard. They want lower taxes? Fine. They get what they want good and hard, in the form of collapsing government services, corrupt officials, disintegrating schools, and crumbling national infrastructure. Sooner or later the common people usually come to their senses and want something else good and hard. The same, unfortunately, is not true of dictators. Generally dictators just continue on their path until they destroy their country. Or as Winston Churchill once put it, "Democracy is the worst of all forms of government except all the others that have been tried." As for the Bushevics and the 27-percenters who still support them, I have only one question: Why do you hate democracy?

-- Badtux the Democratic Penguin

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Posted by: BadTux / 5/04/2007 12:48:00 PM  


What? You don't "believe in" e-theft? Jeez, Tux. I thought better of you.
# posted by Scorpio : 5/5/07 5:07 PM  

The Republicans just want to have all the power for themselves. And when they realize they can't have that, they piss and moan like the greedy, selfish, mean-spirited infants they are. Of course, if they bothered to potty-train themselves, they wouldn't be suffering from chronic diaper rash, but then they wouldn't have anything to carp about, either.

Still, that leaves us with the Dems. They mean well, and they do try to do the right thing, but let's face it, there's a good reason the jackass is their party's symbol. I would modify Mencken's description of democracy a little. Our politicians know what they want, and they act as if we deserve to get it good and hard.

Thus, I'll take the Dems over the Republicans any day. Mainly because I'd rather get raped by a jackass than an elephant...
# posted by Mimus Pauly : 6/5/07 7:00 AM  

I can't quite remember Mencken's quote but it goes that onr day the Mid-West will get it's wish and elect an idiot for President
# posted by The Gentleman Thug : 6/5/07 10:03 AM  

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