Democracy, while an ideal, is a product of civilization, not of evolution.
—The Urantia Book
That’s it: moving backward: a retrograde flow • reverting to an earlier and inferior condition: to go back on the progress that has been made would be a retrograde step.
The survival of a democracy like ours is wholly dependent on successful representative government.
Anybody out there honestly think our representative government could be called “successful” the past ten years?
That’s right. It sucks. Big time.
And the main reason our government has sucked for years, sucks right now, and will continue to suck for the indefinite, foreseeable future is this.
We do not elect to public office individuals who are technically trained, intellectually competent, socially loyal, and morally fit.
We elect people like George Bush and Dick Cheney, war criminals and thugs. We elect people like Sarah Palin, who quits in the middle of her first term to whine in the big munnys. We elect people like Michele Bachmann, so plastic and dazed, Chris Matthews thinks she’s been hypnotized; we elect people like John Boner, a country club Republican who spends so much time being a phony-phuque, even his genuine tan looks artificial. We elect people like David Vitter, who lies to his wife and cavorts with prostitutes. Well. By now you should know all the other untrained, intellectually incompetent, socially disloyal and morally unfit sonzabitches I’m talking about.
And we still haven’t learned our lesson.
UPDATE 1 ***************************
That’s Joe Miller, Der Rand Paul, and the Tea Stooges, Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, and Carl Paladino, who are slinking off to their local Gashaus to drown their sorrows.
Meanwhile, the write-in vote in Alaska could end Joe Miller’s chances of saluting der Alaskans anytime soon, but the outcome may take weeks. Que the effin’ media circus.
Michael Bennet shows us the pickle he took off Ken Buck in Colorado, although Ken isn’t conceding just yet, as the lawyers will try to convince him to pull a Norm Coleman.
(Yeah man, I wouldn’t put my fingertips on that thing either. . .)
Only by such provisions can government of the people, by the people, and for the people be preserved.
Representative government presupposes an intelligent, efficient, and universal electorate. And the character of such a government is always going to be determined by the character and caliber of those who compose it.
There are numerous exclamation points scattered throughout The Urantia Book, but the couple I want to point out right now are the two used under a section called THE EVOLUTION OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, where it warns us about the dangers of democracy:
Go slowly! select carefully! for the dangers of democracy are:
1. Glorification of mediocrity
2. Choice of base and ignorant rulers
3. Failure to recognize the basic facts of social evolution
4. Danger of universal suffrage in the hands of uneducated and indolent majorities
5. Slavery to public opinion; the majority is not always right.
Better print those out and put’em on the fridge; we’re going to be seeing protracted examples of all of them.