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Just Too Much Democracy Goin’ On `Round Here!

Hmmm, I'm noticing a trend that flies in the face of all that Kumbaya, feel-good, Arab Spring democracy-spreading cheering that was emitting from this same circle not too long ago.

So now democracy (which is a general term here for setting up a constitution, following it, and having a system of freedom wherein the people get to vote on a regular basis ... good or bad) is now somehow passé.

To hear North Carolina's governor address the democratic practice of voting on schedule you would think it is such a major problem to the democracy ... even more so to a representative democracy.

Early buffering of Gov. Perdue's remarks to not have elections for Congress for a few years were fluffed-off as a joke. But the above audio appears not to have any sort of punchline delivery to it.

The governor's remarks, in and of themselves, might fall under the radar quickly enough, except that they are a bit echoed in Obama's former budget guy, Peter Orszag's column ...

In an 1814 letter to John Taylor, John Adams wrote that “there never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” That may read today like an overstatement, but it is certainly true that our democracy finds itself facing a deep challenge: During my recent stint in the Obama administration as director of the Office of Management and Budget, it was clear to me that the country’s political polarization was growing worse — harming Washington’s ability to do the basic, necessary work of governing. If you need confirmation of this, look no further than the recent debt-limit debacle, which clearly showed that we are becoming two nations governed by a single Congress — and that paralyzing gridlock is the result.

So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic. [...]

And now comes an article by the New York Times expressing how people all around the world just see voting as "useless".

Increasingly, citizens of all ages, but particularly the young, are rejecting conventional structures like parties and trade unions in favor of a less hierarchical, more participatory system modeled in many ways on the culture of the Web.

In that sense, the protest movements in democracies are not altogether unlike those that have rocked authoritarian governments this year, toppling longtime leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Protesters have created their own political space online that is chilly, sometimes openly hostile, toward traditional institutions of the elite.

The critical mass of wiki and mapping tools, video and social networking sites, the communal news wire of Twitter and the ease of donations afforded by sites like PayPal makes coalitions of like-minded individuals instantly viable.

“You’re looking at a generation of 20- and 30-year-olds who are used to self-organizing,” said Yochai Benkler, a director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. “They believe life can be more participatory, more decentralized, less dependent on the traditional models of organization, either in the state or the big company. Those were the dominant ways of doing things in the industrial economy, and they aren’t anymore.”

Yonatan Levi, 26, called the tent cities that sprang up in Israel “a beautiful anarchy.” There were leaderless discussion circles like Internet chat rooms, governed, he said, by “emoticon” hand gestures like crossed forearms to signal disagreement with the latest speaker, hands held up and wiggling in the air for agreement — the same hand signs used in public assemblies in Spain. There were free lessons and food, based on the Internet conviction that everything should be available without charge.

Someone had to step in, Mr. Levi said, because “the political system has abandoned its citizens.”

The rising disillusionment comes 20 years after what was celebrated as democratic capitalism’s final victory over communism and dictatorship. [...]

Get it? Democracy is hard and messy, and sometimes needs a kick in the ass...

But, you know, socialism (and in that manner communism/Marxism) is just so much more neat and easy ... and fair, to be sure. So, why bother, huh? Let's just chuckitall and designate a King of The World. Got anyone in mind?

“A republic, if you can keep it.”

7 comments to Just Too Much Democracy Goin’ On `Round Here!

  • Hmmm. How suspicious. The audio is not working here or on the Daily Caller linked directly from Drudge. You think the server is overloaded or maybe they just pulled it to avoid further embarrassment?

    Naahhhh! Libs wouldn't be that dishonest!

  • drillanwr

    George

    Works for me, although not the best quality.

  • Channeling her inner National Socialist...

  • drillanwr

    Think back to last spring, and how these sorts of people were cheering and praising the Egyptian revolution and those that followed. The "Arab Spring" ... almost like the resurrection of Jesus Christ or something.

    George, you and I have touched on this. And I have stated it ... Democracy is what it is. There is only ONE definition ... No "Western" or "Muslim" versions. Democracy is a manner by which we established the republic, which is much more precise and exact in its barriers to these sorts of people who would imagine, when things weren't going their way, the masses were/are just too damn stupid to set things right for themselves.

    So, there is praise for those countries shedding their despots while chants of "democracy" (most of which I hear coming from westerners, and not so much from the players involved) encourage and support it. But you and I BOTH know they are more likely than not replacing the despots with another evil as Sharia is being planned or put into place. Democracy?

    I find it odd that democrats and "progressive" types in this country while cheering this Arab democracy are now not only scolding our, but presenting the existing democracies around the world as antiquated and useless.

    This woman's words need played loudly (and she is not the only one I have heard suggesting democracy is just in the way right now in the US).

    Jay Sekulow was on Sean Hannity last night with some democrat-op woman. They played the Governor's words, and also went over Peter Orszag's column. They could NOT get this woman to emphatically denounce the current and growing premise within her political party/circle that democracy is a negative in the way in this country and with our current troubles. At one point (and I really wished Sean had caught it as Jay did) the woman popped-off that the republicans can't even decide who is their pick to go up against Obama ... TOTALLY and ignorantly bypassing the fact that we aren't officially in the primary vein of the GOP primaries yet. Jay (with the delay between them) gave a shocked quizzical face and said, "What?!?! What are you talking about...??" but Hannity hadn't caught it. It would have made for a great back and forth to address her stupid assertion that we (unlike everyone else including the MSM in 2008) hadn't just simply picked (for the people) a 'leader' to run against Obama.

    There is a lot of bypassing, 'executive ordering', defying federal judge rulings, DOJ intrusions for political purposes, etc. going on. And now the people are being seeded with the thought that we should just give up the whole democracy thing in order to get the big stuff done. That we shouldn't oppose or obstruct anything, even if we believe it's wrong. Nov 2010 was HUGE, and they are scared shitless about 2012. Should 2012 be "The Big One" to Nov 2010's major quake and tsunami these "progressives/commies/Marxists" will be shoved back centuries in their stealth takeover in this country.

    Footnote: recall all those who, right after 9/11, warned we should never give up our rights for national security. These are now the same people doing the same and MORE than the previous administration did in counter terrorism 'spying' through techno-means, the TSA violation of our rights in searching us without cause, and the countless 'choices' being taken from us in choosing from things (foods, smoking, salt, etc) that are NOT illegal substances. And then there are those we take for granted in our daily lives, Google, FaceBook, OnStar, iPod/iPad, etc. that are tracking us when they shouldn't be tracking us. Not to mention these are known strong supporters of this administration...

    Do I sound paranoid? Yeah, that's what the Soviets used to imply as they shoved their citizens into the psych wards. Also note that the last few Dept. of Homeland Security videos put out to warn "If you see something, say something" have involved NOT what would be considered profiled would be terrorists, but "white" people. Yet, yesterday they busted some 'non-white' kid who had a model plane he was going to use explosives on to fly into a government building ...

    But that damn TEA Party ... even though there has NEVER been an instance or a case of 'terror' or violence from them ... are the extremists causing trouble in this country and for Obama. Never mind the racial and union rallies being held of late calling for 'revolution' through whatever means needed.

    They are trying to divide and conquer us...

  • asombra

    But of course Perdue's not a wingnut. She's a Dem, you see. Or maybe it's just too much peroxide.

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