Okay, well after watching the news the other night, I found it pretty amazing how many of them DIDNT KNOW SHIT ABOUT THE WHOLE ELECTION AND ONLY VOTED FOR OBAMA CAUSE HE WAS BLACK. The reporter would go up to some of the guys and ask them trick questions to see if they actually paid any attention and ask " So, how do you feel about having a female as your vice president now?" Most of them replied with an answer such as " Its no big deal " or " Its all good " or " I have no problem with it "
I just find it funny how a lot of people ( not only black people ) only voted for Obama because he is black and paid NO attention as to what was actually going on.
This is not a racist post or anything so please dont think that. Im just sharing with you all what I watched the other night and wondering what you all thought about this..
If you want to live in a democracy you take the good with bad. There is a saying that goes essentially, democracy is a horrible form of government but its also the best option we have. Many influential thinkers like Plato despised democracy because everyone can vote and everyone has a say in the government. He thought it was ridiculous that we would let anyone but the most intelligent and most qualified people make such an important decision as to how the government should be run. We, as Americans, pride ourselves on such rhetoric as freedom, democracy, and undeniable human rights. Of course most people just like saying it and not actually paying attention to what their saying.
If you want to live in a democracy and benefit from it, you need to understand what democracy entails. In a democracy, everyone has a say. Sure the electoral college was meant to lessen that, but we love to say we are "spreading democracy." Guess what that means? It means everyone can vote, the dumb people, the racist people, the religious zealots, the insanely ignorant, the well-informed, the party fanatics, everyone. Its simply the way our country has come to be run.
Personally, I agree with a guy like Plato. But his ideas are only practical in theory. In reality, limiting the power of government to a select group of people leads to corruption, tyranny, and misery. So in an effort to fend off such unwanted vices, we are caught in a balancing act. To often then not, that leads to mediocracy. Elections become not about the best person for the job, but rather the least offensive. Fortunately for all of us, this time I think we may have gotten lucky. Obama may have been elected because of his superior popularity, but he may also be one of the few who really does have a chance at effectively leading this country.