The only thing democratic about an American mass election is the honest tabulation of the ballot.So on Election Day, keep things in mind:
- As joyful or depressed as you feel about the outcome, remember that it comes from a deeply flawed system where cash and demagoguery rule. It's less that the right persons won or lost than it's the system that lost.
- As populations get larger and larger, the ideal of democracy get more and more diluted. It may live large in your town, but it's being squeezed among the hordes.
- Although Dahl was discussing presidential elections, mass elections of all kinds meet the same disdain.
- For a future choice, make improving the system more important than supporting party or finding a model candidate. You'll rise above the miasma and just maybe you'll actually make a difference.