How Democracy Fails Again and Again.
I laugh every time I see someone outraged that a Presidential candidate received the majority of the vote but didn’t win the election yet those very same people never complain that the majority of our presidents are elected without ever receiving the majority of the popular vote. For these people, the system is only broken when it doesn’t return the results that they desired.
The real issue here is that most presidents are elected without receiving the majority of the vote. Not just the majority of all citizens or even those who were eligible to vote, but of those who were actually willing to partake in the scandal-laden process. We don’t want to admit, or are oblivious to the fact, that only about 15% of the population is in charge of selecting who is the most powerful man in both this nation and on the planet.
No one brings this to light, not the media, not the Republicans, not the Democrats and not even the Independents because that would underline the failure of our democratic system and government itself and it would highlight the painful fact that all government is the use of force where a portion of the population elects who will enforce the laws over all of the citizens of the country regardless if they approve or not.
Yet people will continually blame different cogs, like the electoral college or the chads or the media, for the failure of a system that is flawed by design.
“The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B.
In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.”—
H. L. Mencken.
“…every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.”