Blame the people, not their representatives

democracy originated in Greece and was adopted by the founding fathers here, but both groups knew the big flaw in this system. ergo, Plato’s philosopher-king and the founding fathers’ electoral college and checks and balances. and the flaw is that people are ignorant, hooked to self-interest, and engulfed by that strong emotion – fear. when a representative institution has an approval rating of 10% but an incumbency rating of 90%, the problem isn’t the institution but the people whom they represent. and the second biggest culprit is the media with this accurate description of what it is doing: “false equivalency ā€“ the practice of giving equal media time and space to demonstrably invalid positions for the sake of supposed reportorial balance ā€“ is dishonest, pernicious and cowardly.” (Bob Garfield – theguardian.com)

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