TheLadyL wrote: But I would rather return our country to a Republic than any other form of government.
So what is wrong with everyone
has a say, all the time
, and equality
? That is not
what the current system gives. Never. True democracy has never existed in any country on this planet. But it would be easy to implement. Much cheaper; much more efficient; more responsive; inherently corruption-proof. All the people doing the lobbying would have to find new jobs. Perhaps in advertising; basically they're hacks.
John Stuart Mill argued, long ago, that representative government was the ideal
form. That was only true thanks to geographical distances. With the development of the Internet, that one good argument is now defunct.
Polls routinely indicate how most people (small sample presumed to roughly indicate majority opinion) feel about a certain issue. To have polls where millions
of people participate (hack-proof system, which I firmly believe is possible), voting from the comfort of their own homes, and those results become decisions, then fed to civil service to implement as policies...I suggest hard to argue against it.
Representative government is a dice roll, at best. They're under no obligation to keep their word and do what they claim they will do. Obama promised more open government. Americans have gotten the exact opposite. He promised to close Gitmo. He hasn't done that. America supports the fanatical Zionists - Israel is not Jewish, it's Zionist, which may as well make it Nazi - and the Zionists are now engaged in genocide in Gaza. Why does America support Israel? Oh, because the government
wants to. And why do most Americans think the state of Israel is Jewish...when in reality most of the Jews in Israel oppose
their state, and want to live in peace with the Palestinians, not take their land and murder them? Because their government wants
them to think it's Jewish. But huge rallies of Jews against their state say otherwise. Opposition has in fact been fierce, over there.
And media routinely pump the government
line. In the Republic you believe in, the entire system (including media!) has always been corrupt. Start of the Vietnam war (American participation): we were attacked; unprovoked. Lies
. U.S. had been bombing and shelling the north for weeks.
Leaders are liars. They generally lead through deceit. And Iraq...there's a book in itself.
In terms of wise decisions, I'd be more inclined to trust the opinions of 300 people chosen randomly from the street than the opinions of 300 duly elected representatives. Probably more sense in their heads.
Who would vote for endless war? Who would vote for poverty, and more and more people sliding into it? Who'd vote for the gross inequalities that are actually growing?
It's not who
is in power. Problem is the system itself. A bad
TheLadyL wrote: But to do nothing is to ensure nothing gets done. Bottom line you don't work at a change, you are part of the problem not the cure.
at the problem, by trying to persuade people: they're fooling themselves in thinking that the archaic system we've lived under for centuries is the best possible system. (Or even democracy, which it isn't!)
What we are getting - thanks to technology - is more and more the world that George Orwell wrote about in his chilling novel, 1984. That is: a world of perpetual war - what we have now, but what we've really had always - and the Ministry of Truth told nothing but lies
. Also what we have now. Now that system is building machines to kill people. Autonomous bombers; no pilot on board. Just give it GPS coordinates, it will go kill. But it's no solution. It's making the problem of terrorism worse and worse, in fact. Just as the stupid war on drugs has greatly promoted violence. These are policies that make no sense. Policies I doubt the majority support. The feudal system likes the serfs semi-asleep. Don't think too much about what's going on. Even if it's appalling.
To trust that system to do other than get worse and worse
is foolish. I believe the only solution that is in any way realistic is to abandon the old system (which is from the time of the Pharaohs) and move to true
democracy. Infinitely better. And there's absolutely no reason it can't exist; but for people having mental blocks and failing to see how a much better future can happen.
What's the first step in building a new house? Tear down the old one. But the new system would not need a house! White House, Congress, Parliament building should all be turned into museums. We don't need them! We'd all be better off without them. We'd all
be democracy's house. We'd all have some power all the time. One person; one vote. Instead of a few
people voting for us. I can't see why anyone would believe in that.
Money runs things now. Feudal system. Them what have, control. There is no denying that. It's always
True democracy, in contrast, means the best ideas win. Money no longer controls things. Getting money out of politics: good luck! I say it can't be done. It's so riddled with corruption now, that house is beyond repair. It needs abandoned
. Even courts won't do it, because they are part of the same feudal system. Law - as currently practiced - is actually only a sugar coating over the bad medicine of power. Courts, police, government...they all sleep in the same bed, and it may as well be in a castle. It's easy to fool people. Hitler found it easy. Gift of the gab. That's enough. And one psychopath can lead an entire nation anywhere, even to insane conduct. He proved it. Presidents do much the same. Nicer words, maybe. But the bombs keep falling. And only messes result.
What did WWII accomplish? Hitler's demise, but the prospect of thermonuclear war. We incinerate much of the northern hemisphere. That's still not gone as a threat. The missile are still ready to fly 24/7.
A new system wouldn't mean chaos. On the contrary. There'd be actually more
stability in a system where everyone was equal and where everyone had a say, all the time. Got a beef? Then push it until it's an issue, that creates a vote
. Maybe you win! Then people would take more interest in issues, rather than tuning out, as many are doing.