Thoughts on Modern Democracy

As far as blog posts go, this one will be lacking. I’m not sure I will be able to find a proper call to action, and I’m really not sure it matters. As it is more often than not, the action you take should be your own choice. In any case, this struck me recently as a topic that should be considered without so much emotional bias, and with an attitude of concern. But if you can read this without feeling the emotions kick in, you’re a better human than I am.

Democracy is a beautiful concept, and though I have a great deal of respect for the United States government which is still offering its 300+ million citizens (and any of the other nearly eight billion people on Earth) the highest potential to fulfill any dream imaginable, there are fundamental problems and inconsistencies that are plainly visible. Democracy, in its finest form, gives its power to the entire collective by allowing every individual to have a voice, and the United States and its freedom of speech are doing that better than anyone should have hoped to expect given the current state of the world.

Personally, as I write this, I almost want to drop the issue entirely. Ignore me, I’d ignore myself. I hate talking about problems, whether in a relationship, politics, education, family values, religion, etc. It usually leads to more conflict, and I go back and forth between feeling like its completely unnecessary and of the highest importance. That being said, and speaking of education, I believe wholeheartedly in battling ignorance (or lack of appreciation of the bigger picture) whenever possible. I don’t want to tell anyone what to believe, how to think, or what to do with the information they have (what would the world be without diversity?), but it never hurts anybody to change their perspective from time to time.

American citizens live in a world where they are expected to contribute to the goal, elect the officials that drive the progress, and then grow to participate directly. Enter secrets. Secret secrets. Conspiracy. Truth and half truth. Maybe some lies. Keep in mind, the secrets or conspiracies don’t actually need to exist in order to cause a problem for democracy. They just need voters to believe they exist to throw a wrench into the system. We have a democracy filled with ignorant (by no fault of their own) voters. And where they don’t know, they guess. If they can’t handle the truth? I don’t know. But when you really think hard about the constitution, and you consider the past few years, it all seems surreal and laughable.

We aren’t going to fix all the problems. We aren’t going to iron all the wrinkles. No, we’re going to go to prom with a tux that’s too big on top and short around the ankles with a crinkled purple shirt and mustard stained tie that we spend all our time trying to keep covered underneath. And we’ll probably have bad breath and a polka dotted face that only gets a kiss on the cheek at the end of the night. I’m not laughing either. Democracy does not and can not exist in a modern world. Not really. Not on this scale.

I should be clear. I don’t have much of an issue with the government. Managing society in 2021 is a complicated thing to do. I don’t personally want to know all the secrets. I don’t think anyone else really does either.

It may be that what is sensational will always be the most pertinent. It may be that the government slapping us in the face with all the dirty secrets would sober us up. To anyone reading and nodding your head, a high five. To everyone else, go buy an ice cream cone. You can pick whichever flavor you want.


Published by dbmoore0727

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