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Democracy is Inconvenient

The process, practice and philosophy of democracy is painfully inconvenient.  We hold our breath hoping that decisions made by elected officials don’t cripple us individually and collectively. Anticipating an election, our hopes are that changes will bring about needed results. We are willing to pay for better results. An election happens and very little changes. Government swells to fill all the  imagined needs without actually meeting very many.

In elections and legislative voting, majority rules (or is supposed to ) but what does the majority know about the big issues facing our communities? How can we possibly understand the desires of minorities? Do we care or do we just get it over with?

The wheels slow down at 20% into the new term and by 40%, nothing is really happening. The wheels stop and we wait again. Slow, unrecognizable movement is swept away by a changing world.

Decisions that were easy during a campaign are now impossible. Re-election becomes the goal. The koolaid gets stronger and once energetic, passionate representatives become politicians.

Democracy is inconvenient. Winston Churchill had two famous quotes about democracy.

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all others that have been tried”

I don’t have THE ANSWER but would sure be excited to enter into a discussion or revolution that brought about something we haven’t tried.

Make Today Remarkable, by asking a difficult question,

B

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