Are American Voters Responsible Adults Or Stupid Children?

DunceEvery U.S. taxpayer owes an average of $153,392 of federal debt right now. He is also on the hook for whatever state, county and city debt for which he is liable. And naturally, any debt of his own, though that comes last, so far as government is concerned. And he will pay added interest. Unpaid amounts will devolve to his descendants.

We read that every airstrike against ISIL in Iraq and Syria costs some $2 M. We’re told that since August 8th, there have been over 40 of them. With the Federal government running a huge deficit, how are these actions — and the 3,000 U.S. troops now in Iraq plus thousands of contractors — being financed?

We were told by our President, who had promised the most open, transparent administration in history, that his “Obamacare” would provide better care, cheaper than before, to an additional 20 to 30 million people who had been too poor to afford health insurance. Though this is clearly promising something for nothing, our Democrats in Congress famously swallowed it whole, awaiting its passage to discover what it was about per Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s now infamous instruction.

Our President, who recently responded that as a President, his limited powers deprived him of the ability to rule by decree, has just issued an Executive Order on immigration that amounts to a decree — it negates and replaces existing law. That, though the media professionals seem unaware, amounts to a Constitutional crisis in the United States. The President’s Republican opposition, somehow taken unawares though the media have been trumpeting the event. “left town without a plan” according to a news report.

Our world is fast approaching the deadline set for an agreement upon the Iranian nuclear weapons program; we have heard nothing. Observation suggests that Iran will continue pursuing nukes, something that as it points out, it has a legal right to do. It also promises to destroy Israel.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, one of the authors of Obamacare, one Professor Gruber, remarked that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was deliberately obfuscated and lied about to insure its passage before an audience of Americans who are stupid. Given the fun the media and Congressional Republicans are having with these remarks, the good Professor’s intellectual qualities would seem either also questionable, or perhaps overcome by arrogance. But all this does make a cogent point:

Democracy is unworkable and is replaced by tyranny when voters are deprived of the facts that affect them, whether by outright lies or by simply withholding those facts. But that is what appears to be taking place in today’s United States. Voters are being treated as children and per Professor Gruber, none too bright children at that. Most dangerously, too many of them have not appeared to mind.

Too any who are not stupid, it is a given that voters must understand that upon which they exercise their franchise; if they do not, that franchise is at best wasted and at worst, destructive. Given that politicians are a historically unreliable lot, that old “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” needs constant reinforcement. Voters descended from Rip Van Winkle will pay a high price for their nap … and deservedly so.

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About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much)
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One Response to Are American Voters Responsible Adults Or Stupid Children?

  1. Uh voters…yeah, I’m going with stupid children. They did surprise me however, and managed to steer off disaster in a local election, so perhaps there’s hope for some of us after all.

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