Thursday, October 04, 2012

Debating the Debate

"Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated." - G. K. Chesterton, English author & mystery novelist (1874 - 1936)

I watched the presidential debate last night. Well, I watched the first half-hour then left it on in the background while enjoying the frothing, fuming fanatics on Twitter for the rest of it. A large portion of the people I follow are in the IT and/or Science industries. Most of them are, shall we say, "strong" backers of the Democratic party. It was fun watching them go on and on about how bad Mitt Romney was doing and how president Obama was killing it. At least that was their position during the debate. If you've heard or seen anything remotely resembling the news in the last 24 hours you'll know that this is not the consensus that the political world arrived at. Personally, I found it to be a case of two elitists arguing over vague statements and mostly incorrect information (See: Fact-checking the Denver presidential debate).

For a long time I have felt that the differences between the two parties in the US are all superficial. There are no fundamental differences between them when you strip away the rhetoric and proselytized self-aggrandizing. They both want only power and money at the expense of the other party. The country and its citizens are only useful for achieving this goal. Some people think that Romney and the Republicans are evil and will destroy the US. Others think Obama and the Democrats are evil and are already destroying the US. Want to know a secret?

They are both right!

Thankfully, the Founding Fathers setup a governmental system that can weather these trials and tribulations. Many people are fond of claiming that this is the worst political infighting and attacking that the country has ever seen. But the fact it, this is barely a spit in the ocean compared to Boss Tweed/Tammany Hall, Teapot Dome and the time that one party attempted to outlaw and imprison every member of the other party. And there have been plenty more over the last 236 years. Yet, the nation and its people are still going. A friend of mine once described the government and political system of the US as being "Perfectly Broken."

Seems to me he nailed it 100%.

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