On 4 November 2008, voters in the late, lamented United States of America are scheduled to go to the polls and vote for the candidate of their boss’s choice. The Amoeba says, “Cancel it. Cancel the election. Close the polls, unhang the chads, pull the plugs and batteries on the voting machines. Declare all elected positions in the legislative and executive branches of Federal, State, and local governments vacant, and call for a Dictator to take over.
“Because We the People have demonstrated, once and for all, that the Great Experiment has failed. We the People are incapable of self-government.”
It’s sad to be overturning such a long-standing tradition. Every four years since 1792 (George Washington’s first term was for three years), there has been a regularly-scheduled Presidential election, and We the People have gone to the polls …
Well, actually not. It wasn’t until 1920 that all voters in all states got the de jure right to vote for President on Election Day – and the de facto right wasn’t delivered in some places until the late 1960s.
In the earliest elections, Presidential electors were chosen by state legislatures. We the People got to vote in the legislators, but after that, it was up to them.
There was a reason for this. Thomas Jefferson, and many of the other Founding Fathers of these Untied States, were not, myths notwithstanding, supporters of “one man [sic], one vote” democracy. Instead, they greatly feared it. They feared it because of the fate of the “one man, one vote” Athenian democracy, in the 5th century BCE. It fell, in large part because too many of the voters voted without, for whatever reason, understanding for what they were voting, and the city-state fell victim to demagogues and their popular but disastrous opinions.
In Jefferson’s philosophy of “virtue”, only white men of property could be, by virtue of their personal and financial security, sufficiently disinterested to vote for leaders on the basis of their qualifications and their ability to serve “the greater good”, and not just on the basis of narrow self-interest or (worse) on the uncritical acceptance of demagoguery.
Today, We the people have “one person, one vote”. And We (through Our representatives in Congress, whose ears we have been burning) have just voted down our last, best chance to save Our government and economy from returning to the days of the Great Depression. The days that our parents and grandparents vowed to forever prevent, sending their sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, into school and work “to be better than us, to do better than we did, so that these days never come again.”
Those sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, are too busy listening to demagogues cast blame to consider what the emergency requires. Their representatives, after surviving eight years of arguably the most corrupt Administration in United States history, dare not do “the right thing” lest it be, politically speaking, the last thing they ever do.
We need a Dictator, to set us on the right path before it’s too late. If it isn’t already.
No, not Warren Buffett. Though I daresay, with his stated goal of using his and Bill Gates’s Foundation (what’s left of it after yesterday’s Dow Jones Industrial Average collapse) to force governments to “do the right thing”, he’d be more than willing to take on the job. And please, please, don’t let on to Dick Cheney that the position is open.
I venture to suggest we call on Osama.
No, not Obama. Osama. Yeah. That Osama.
Consider his qualifications. This man, in 2001, sent a couple of airplanes against a couple of buildings. Takes more than a teaspoonful of brains to dream up and organize such a mission.
And We the People have responded to it by destroying ourselves. Our moral compass, Our global reputation, Our financial system, Our very ability to self-govern.
Is that the mark of an effective leader, or what?
Besides. To the victor go the spoils. As any good capitalist should know.
– O Ceallaigh
Copyright © 2008 Felloffatruck Publications. All wrongs deplored.
All opinions are mine as a private citizen.