Revolution. Or maybe not.
Most people seem to despise Washington, Capitol Hill and our elected representatives, but not necessarily in that order. And on a regular basis we vote the people we despise the most out of office; those are the ones who won the prior election and proved to all of us that they couldn’t get anything done. Then we move the people into power who weren’t allowed to do anything, but at least they haven’t proven that they couldn’t get anything done, so we are still happy.
And that’s called democracy. Something like 30% of eligible voters in this country vote for Republicans and about 30% vote for Democrats, the other 40% don’t vote because they don't think it would make a difference.
So clearly, a majority of voters have shown by their overwhelming refusal to vote that they don’t think the system works. They also know that all the currently elected representatives don’t want to change the system which elected them.
In the old days this usually resulted in a revolution. It happened over and over again in a lot of big and small countries.
But today a revolution is a little bit more difficult to achieve. In the old days the government had a few musketeers and cannons, and the people had a few rifles and hayforks. It was pretty even. So when enough peasants got pi--ed off at the king who chopped off their heads when they didn’t bow deep enough, like the Russian Tsar, they stormed the palace and chopped off his head. Or something like that.
We can’t do that today. Not only is a revolution just as illegal as it has been since before the Boston Tea Party, today the government has atomic bombs and black choppers. So, perhaps for the first time in world history the peasants and us others have no chance to change the system.
And since in most states winners take it all in an election, the result is that only two parties are allowed to flourish, and, of course, those two parties are jolly happy about that.
It shouldn’t be surprising that one of the first quotes from the Democrats to big business was “now it’s time for you guys to start paying us.” I read it in the New York Times, I think, and I’m sure this isn’t official policy, but something tells me most of my readers will agree it may be a very in-official policy.
After all, forty percent already gave up on voting.
So I have shared in the joy that we have new people in Congress and the world will be a better place to live. But I’m not so sure about that.
I know that Nancy Pelosi has promised to change life as they know it for the drug companies and the oil companies within the first 100 hours of the new Congress, but I’ve also read the comments from the White House saying that any proposal to allow the government to negotiate drug prices would be vetoed.
So I just wanted to remind everyone that Bush is still the one with the executive powers. And he has that little thing called a veto.
Of course, all the opinion polls tell us that most of the American people hope that when Bush finally gets out of the White House, he’ll be replaced with someone very different. And maybe we’ll get lucky and that will really happen. Because the only way a revolution will ever happen again is from the top down. The people will not have much say in anything, ever again.
After all, most of them don’t even show up to vote.