Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Democracy vs Republic

Below is the comment that I left as a response to some other comments on Jason's blog. I felt that it was coherent enough to make sure anyone that reads my blatherings saw it as well.

You honestly believe that the mobs are better at determining our President? We have millions of people that pick a president based on how their hair looks and you’re fighting to make their votes count more? The founders of this nation warned us against the dangers of a Democracy. This nation is a Republic, and it should remain so.

In a Democracy the populace is led around by the nose by whomever can make the prettiest speeches and can promise them the tastiest bread. Charisma is no basis to select a leader of a country by!

If you happen to watch TV, ask yourself, when was the last time you saw a news report that compared substantive issue positions of even two candidates? It’s all “He said the other guy’s a liberal” and “He might have pissed off group x today”. Or it’s “She has an obnoxious laugh”.

Do you REALLY want what you’re saying you want? The outcome of this Presidential Primary is completely constructed by the TV. They’ve taken the group think mentality that is so pervasive in our nation and convinced people that they need to be voting for who will WIN, not who lines up with them on the issues. It’s all over every site and every graphic! They call it a horse race! What do you do in a Horse Race?? You bet on who will WIN. That’s not what voting is about! Voting is expressing what you believe to be true and correct in how this nation should enact its laws. It’s about the Issues, not about the candidates.

However, this is already lost in our nation. I have a few honest friends that say they will not vote because they don’t know about the issues, and I respect that far more than I respect the ignorant people that have to check each ballot to find out if they recognize the names on them before they pick between a Republican or a Democrat ballot (I mean certainly they’ve never heard of any of the Libertarians because no one EVER talks about them).

Don’t get me wrong, citizens must vote to elect their representatives. It wasn’t originally in the Constitution to allow citizens to vote for U.S. Senators or the President though. I think there was wisdom in that. People can’t know personally the character of someone running for the State Wide offices, or especially not of someone wanting to be President of the United States. It was originally designed so that people of exceptional character were selected by the people to make the best choice for them at the state level. They didn’t have any of this winner take all non-sense. Each person selected as an Elector weighed the choices heavily and made a selection based upon the issues.

Democracy is dangerous because the masses are so easily fooled. We live in a Republic, and we have been a great nation because of that fact. Just ask the vast majority of people ANY question about the government, and then decide whether they should be picking our President.


Blogger Jack said...

Who do you suggest picks our President? You? The big political bosses? If it were up to them, then there would be no Libertarians on the ballot. Should I be able to vote in your opinion?

How do we decide who gets to vote? Some would say that the Blacks or women shouldn't vote (not that you are saying that). But everyone has an opinion as who should or should not get to vote. I'm just curious how you would set that up.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Jeremy D. Young said...

I'm saying that people should know about how nominees are ACTUALLY selected now. Delegates are selected by each precinct, and those people are sent to the State Convention where they all vote on a slate of people to send as delegates to the National Convention.

The whole process is muddled by these superfluous primaries where people that have no idea what is going on go through and vote on which name sounds the best to them based on how many positive news stories they've had fed to them.

The primaries don't actually select a nominiee, they just tell the delegates how to vote on the first vote. Some states and some parties use Winner Take All selection from the primaries, some states use apportioned delegates, some states ignore the primaries altogether.

If people were more open about how the process really worked, I think that it would be good to getting people more involved in the process.

Voting in a primary has got to be the worst of methods in selecting national leaders.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

I certainly agree that the current system is messed up. Delegates, Super Delegates and the Electoral College has to go.

7:10 AM  

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