On Committing National Suicide.

It’s a toss-up. Who is dumber? We, the electorate or the candidates? The Democrats or the Republicans? I know it’s impolite to suggest the electorate is dumber than a box of rocks. We sanctimoniously praise our system of governance as the best imaginable but that is hubris, ignorance and an illusion.

Yes, I know Winston Churchill’s thoughts on the subject, “that democracy is the worst form of government except all others that have been tried.” Regardless of that sentiment there is no cosmic reason to expect America will prevail against the historical inevitability of decline and marginality. In what respect is America different from any other imperialistic nation that has ever risen, ruled and retreated? Imperial Athens? Imperial Rome? France? Spain? Britain?

Look no further for proof of America’s decline than this year’s level of discussion/debate surrounding our elections. And who exactly is at fault for that? President Kennedy astutely summed up the challenge, “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” Now, multiply that number by millions and you have the monumental test confronting our nation. Whole legions of rock stupid voters. Organized into political parties. Republicans. Democrats.

In too many respects, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between America’s political parties. Oh, we like to pretend there is but not really. And the electorate is duped into thinking “we” are in control. Too funny. James Bovard, author of “Attention Deficit Democracy,” asserts “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” We’re what’s for dinner! Bon Appetit!

Yo! My fellow Democrat dupes, what did you think you were getting when electing Barack Obama? A different foreign or economic policy? Did’ja now? I did. He doubled-down on Afghanistan and his economic team, post economic meltdown, is little more than the Recycled, Revolving-Door Republican Re-Runs of Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase executives. We were inspired by a vision of a New Day in America, of a nation moving on from its racist past, led by an intelligent, independent, visionary black man.

As disappointed as I am in how the Democrats have governed I am stunned by the apparent rise of Republican fortunes, if polls are to be believed. Just exactly how dumb are Americans? Staggeringly dumb. With an economy in shambles, with tragic, ill-conceived wars in Muslimland, voters will conceivably elect members from the very same crew (the Republicans) who drove the car straight off the cliff? As if what America has experienced the past nine years isn’t bad enough, let’s give Republicans yet another crack at what Bill Maher laughingly describes as the nation’s reality, “What Democratic congressman do to their women staffers, Republican congressman do to the country.”

H. L. Mencken said it more crisply, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve it good and hard.”

Speaking of which. It’s been five years since Hurricane Katrina so clearly demonstrated how quickly America can devolve into third-world conditions and governance. I understand why the electorate is disappointed with Democrats but that doesn’t mean you vote Republican.

Dumb is one thing. National suicide quite another.