Studying Time: four minutes
President Franklin D. Roosevelt mentioned one thing in 1938 that — in 2019 — could now not be true, or so it appears on dangerous days:
Allow us to always remember that authorities is ourselves and never an alien energy over us. The final word rulers of our democracy usually are not a president and senators and congressmen and authorities officers, however the voters of this nation.
No “alien power over us”? As a result of Russia has influenced US elections, some People really feel that certainly an alien energy is over them. Others think about the US president himself to be an alien. A extra practical concern is that voters usually are not the “ultimate rulers” of the nation due to the virulent unfold of voter suppression, and one thing associated that's simply as harmful: Apathy.
Beneath are some observations which can be each horrible and great — and so they could treatment your apathy, at the very least for some time.
Introduction by Milicent Cranor
However any person hacked into the voting sales space in 90 minutes. I believe final 12 months, a 16-year-old received in there in 45 minutes, and made the voting sales space play a track … You flip the voting sales space right into a jukebox in 45 minutes by a 16-year-old? You might be telling me we will’t cease Russia? (Invoice Maher)
Papers say: “Congress is deadlocked and can’t act.” I believe that's the best blessing that might befall this nation. (Will Rogers)
Democracy have to be one thing greater than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. (James Bovard)
As democracy is perfected, the workplace of president represents, increasingly carefully, the inside soul of the individuals. On some nice and wonderful day the plain of us of the land will attain their coronary heart’s need finally and the White Home might be adorned by a downright moron. (H.L. Mencken)
The Founders, who anxious enormously concerning the vulnerability of democracy to populist demagogues, didn’t envision a President like Trump. (John Cassidy)
They dident [sic] begin pondering of the outdated widespread fellow until simply as they began out on the election tour. The cash was all appropriated for the highest within the hopes that it could trickle all the way down to the needy. Mr. Hoover [President Herbert Hoover] was an engineer. He knew that water trickled down. Put it uphill and let it go and it'll attain the dryest little spot. However he dident [sic] know that cash trickled up. Give it to the individuals on the backside and the individuals on the prime may have it earlier than evening anyhow. However it should at the very least have handed by the poor fellow’s arms. They saved the massive banks however the little ones went up the flue. (Will Rogers)
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. (George Bernard Shaw)
Mind, n. An equipment with which we expect that we expect… In our civilization, and below our republican type of authorities, intelligence is so extremely honored that it's rewarded by exemption from the cares of workplace. (Ambrose Bierce)
The perfect argument in opposition to democracy is a five-minute dialog with the common voter. (Attributed to Winston S. Churchill)
Democracy is the artwork and science of working the circus from the monkey cage. (H.L. Mencken)
The demise of democracy isn't prone to be an assassination from ambush. Will probably be a gradual extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. (Robert M. Hutchins)
All of the blood is drained out of democracy — it dies — when solely half the inhabitants votes. (Hunter S. Thompson)
There's a cult of ignorance in america, and there has all the time been. The pressure of anti-intellectualism has been a relentless thread winding its approach by our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy signifies that my ignorance is simply pretty much as good as your information. (Isaac Asimov)
Democracy can not succeed except those that specific their selection are ready to decide on correctly. The true safeguard of democracy, due to this fact, is schooling. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
No democracy can lengthy survive which doesn't settle for as elementary to its very existence the popularity of the rights of its minorities. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Keep in mind Democracy by no means lasts lengthy. It quickly wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There by no means was a Democracy But, that didn't commit suicide. It's in useless to Say that Democracy is much less useless, much less proud, much less egocentric, much less bold or much less avaricious than Aristocracy or Monarchy. It isn't true in Truth and nowhere seems in historical past. These Passions are the identical in all Males below all types of Easy Authorities, and when unchecked, produce the identical Results of Fraud Violence and Cruelty. (John Adams)
Many types of Authorities have been tried, and might be tried on this world of sin and woe. Nobody pretends that democracy is ideal or all-wise. Certainly, it has been mentioned that democracy is the worst type of Authorities apart from all these different kinds which were tried now and again. (Winston S. Churchill)
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