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Why democracy isn't working for America


At its core, the democratic processof electing representatives is a popularity contest.The voters inevitably end up supporting whichever lawmakersoffer the best handouts right now, regardless of the long-termconsequences to the nation. Voting, in other words, is a contest based on short-termrewards rather than long-term vision. Not surprisingly, when the votersgo to the polls, they tend to elect the person who promises them the most rightnow.

Now, it's crucial to recognize this simple economic fact: No governmentcan offer something to one person without first taking it from another. Sothe more handouts, entitlements and benefitsany government offers, the more it must confiscate from others in order to meetits "obligations" to the voters.

This creates a downward spiral of entitlements leading to inescapable debt.Because sooner or later, governments always run out of other people's money.

But that doesn't stop the voting action which still boils down to a popularitycontest to decide the leader who tells the best lies. When given achoice between a realistic candidate who says America is deep in debt (RonPaul) and a fantasy-land candidate who says there's nothing to worry about(almost everybody else), most voters will choose the fantasy candidate...especially if it means more money in their pockets.

The right course of action is too unpopular

What's desperately lacking in all this, of course, is thefar more important truth that when a nation is in financialtrouble (and environmental trouble, health care trouble, etc.), only toughdecisions will ever turn it around. And those tough decisions are, bydefinition, unpopular decisions.

Huh? We have to consume less? Receive fewer benefits? Pay higher taxes? Makethe wealthy corporations pay their fair share? Say it isn't so...

Not surprisingly, in a free and open democracy, tough, unpopular decisionswill almost never be supported by the majority of voters. That's becausemost peopleare simply selfish. They are far more concerned about their own immediatebenefits than the future they might be handing down to their childrenor grandchildren. So there is zero willingness to make the tough decisionsnecessary to save the country. The voters, in other words, tend to vote out oftheir own short-term interests rather than the long-term viability of thenation as a whole.

That's why democracy is failing America. And that's partly why America isheaded toward a near-certain collapse in the not-too-distant future. APresident who tells the truth and says we have to cut government by 80% tobalance the budget is simply not electable. Too many people have their hands inthe cookie jar. Too many voters depend on the government to send them checks,and far too many wealthy corporations are entirely dependent on governmentenforcement of monopolies and subsidies for their own survival. Big Pharma, for example, would shrinkby at least 90% if not for the government's supportof the industry.

So electing a President who will actually halt the financial bleeding ofAmerica will never happen.

Sure, it might happen in a nation with a highly educated population. That's why education is so importantto the long-term survival of any nation. But America isn't a highly-educatednation. Probably half of America's high school graduates can't do basic math.So the concept of compounded interest on the national debt is simply beyondtheir understanding and doesn't seem real to them. They are short-termconsumers because that's the way they've been trained. That's the way theythink. That's the way they calculate. And that's the way they vote.

Think about it: Your average consumer will spend $4 on a pack of two AA batteries when they could spend $10 and get 8AA batteries of the exact same brand andcapacity. To most consumers, $4 is cheaper than $10, so they just spend the $4and don't consider the cost per battery. People don't do the math! And whenthey vote, they don't think it through. They vote based on popularity, notrational thought.

As a result, America today is a cesspool of lawmakers, Presidents andbureaucrats who merely weave elaborate lies to feed the public for as long asthey can get away with it. There is hardly a shred of truth left in anythingcoming out of Washington D.C. these days. We are so far beyond the point ofactually fixing the problems and turning this country around that most of theintelligent people are now focused on getting ready to "ride out thereset."

The dictatorship we definitely don't want


At this point, the only real way to save America's future isto force a set of tough decisions upon the people by way of a strongdictatorship -- and I am absolutely opposed to such a thing because it woulddestroy the few remaining freedoms we still enjoy today.

You could, of course, try to educate the populace about freedom, fiscalresponsibility and the value of long-term strategic thinking rather thanshort-term rewards, but that would require an entire cultural shift spanning atleast two generations. Because let's face it, Americans have been trained inthe philosophy of "instant gratification" for at least twogenerations. It's all about having more and having it now. You can'treverse that kind of thinking overnight. You can't reverse instantgratification thinking instantly, in other words.





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Part Two ..........

The end result will be collapse

So what are we left with? There's no way out of this except collapse. Michael Ruppert gets it collapsenet com. Gerald Celente gets it trendsresearch com . Alex Jones getsv it  infowars com. But most people don't get it.

In fact, the mainstream short-term thinkers and voters don't get it at all. And the reason they don't get it is because they are the problem from the start! They're the ones who voted without thinking and elected professional liars rather than problem solvers. John F. Kennedy was probably the last President who attempted to actually tell the truth, and they shot him in the head for asking too many questions about the Federal Reserve (and other topics). After that moment in history, it has all been a series of escalating lies to the point where all the presidents in recent memory are now little more than staged public relations fictional characters playing a role in the hit comedy TV series called "America, The Leader of the Free World!"

It's a comedy series, however... not a reality show. And the mainstream media is playing the role of the comedy news source in the comedy TV series. Virtually nothing the media prints about health, the economy or world news has any basis in fact whatsoever. It is merely the regurgitation of crafted spin pieces and official deceptions designed to keep the voters entertained a while longer while the money commanders loot the economy before the coming collapse.

Lessons to be learned from recent history

Why does any of this matter? At one level, it doesn't. The collapse of America has been set in motion, and there's actually very little you or I can do to stop it. Emailing your congressman or signing a petition is futile. Even the act of voting is essentially an exercise in supporting a system of government that's already on life support and nearing its expiration date. It doesn't really make much difference at this point, except for local and state elections, of course.

Because the bigger picture here is that the experiment of Democracy has failed on a grand scale. It's not obvious to everyone yet (because few people are long-term thinkers), but it soon will be. Democracy doesn't work if your voters are mostly short-term thinkers who can't do math and whose selfishness outweighs any sense of leaving something of value for the next generation.

The American democracy experiment will soon crash land, and when we're sorting through the wreckage, all the shocked and bewildered people will be asking, "How could this have happened? Everything was going along just fine..." But it wasn't just fine. Most of it was all a Big Lie, and lies have a way of catching up with you.

America's democracy was a noble concept. And it could have worked if the population had been better educated and the corporations less greedy (and the lawmakers less w##-like, I suppose). But today it has failed, and now it's only a matter of watching it implode and then figuring out a better solution for creating a more sustainable nation for our collective future.

Perhaps it's time we threw away the idea of voters electing "representatives" in its totality and instead created a nation of sovereign citizens who operate from a completely different mindset. Who says we need a federal government at all? Wouldn't most of us be freer, healthier, wealthier and happier if the federal government didn't even exist? Sure, we need a national defense but even that could be coordinated by the states.

Remember, the "United States" means a group of states who are united in their intentions. It does not mean a federal tyrant that overrules the states. The "United States" of America is supposed to be a system of agreement and open trade among fifty sovereign geopolitical entities, not one oppressive system that demands compliance with its corrupt, power-hungry agenda.

These are some of the issues people will no doubt be pondering when the current experiment in democracy implodes.

Don't be surprised when that day comes, of course. It's already past the point of no return. Be ready to take part in the discussions of what I call The Next Society that will inevitably be born out of the coming collapse. And hopefully we can figure out a way to improve on the concept of "democracy" for a brighter (and freer) future.



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In a nutshell ..................

A popularity contest ..............    {:soso_e120:}

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Many people said Blair was a typical career politician of which there are many.

He knew how to win elections, a very slick politician but he didn't stand for anything and delivered nothing of any value.

He was also very shrewd to know exactly when to go, leaving Brown to carry the can so to speak.
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I disagree with the author on one point - what are we really all asking for in the short term?

You know it goes against the grain to ask for more social benefits - those are fought hard in congress.

Asking for them makes you a 'loser' and a 'leach' or 'blood-sucker'.

So we really don't have a mentality that goes along with that thinking.  We don't really ask for anything except for more jobs.  And even those aren't supposed to be provided by the federal government.

What I want out of this election - higher taxes on the rich.

They have to 'share the pain' IMO.  So far all the sacrifices made effect the poor and middle class.

But I do think politicians think more of the short-term than long-term.  They want elected again, they have to show a record of 'success' somewhere.  



  
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St_George Post time: 2012-6-19 20:12
Many people said Blair was a typical career politician of which there are many.

He knew how to win  ...

Oh ...............   

So true ................   

A grand-stander and I believe he left the place in a real mess  ..........

Including your involvement in Iraq etc .............

I left in 1998 so I never really followed it that much ........

But the place has declined considerably as I understand it  ...........   



  
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JFenix Post time: 2012-6-19 20:21
I disagree with the author on one point - what are we really all asking for in the short term?

You  ...

It is sad in some way that we can even discuss an idea like this and that a lot of the article makes sense ...........

I am sure it was never supposed to be that way ............

Is Federalism the issue .........   ?

In a way they have tried to turn Europe into a Federation and look at the mess that is in  ........   



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