Representative Democracy

Representative democracy is supposed to work like this: Various parties explain their policies. The people decide which policies they like. They vote for those politicians. The majority view prevails and those politicians implement their policies. The Republicans in the USA have discovered a way to subvert this process. Before the election, they lie about their policies. Then when they win, they implement totally different and highly unpopular policies. They claim a mandate to do anything they please because the won the most seats. In the next election, you’d think the people would turf them out. But they solicit funds from special interests, then prepare ads lying not only about their supposed future policies, but what happened in the past. Oddly, people begin to doubt their memory of what actually happened.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)