If you are like me you probably sometimes wonder how we got where we are today. All of us so petty, venal, unimaginative, lazy, shallow, wasteful, ethnocentric, egocentric, polarized, gullible, compromised. How did we get here, I asks myself and the cats.
Who was responsible? Was it Chopstickson?
No, I sagely answers myself. It wasn’t. Chopstickson was just one of our elected leaders. The reason he was elected was that he was a mirror-image of the majority of US citizens. He was what we were and we were him. And Chopstickson was a lowlife scum.
Same as LBJ when he went for re-election when his term ended after having JFK shot. Same as JFK and his brothers were. Ad infinitum with all of them except Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, since then.
The reason elected chief executives and other elected politicians are scum is that the electorate elects itself into office to run this country, and the electorate is all the things we’ve come to be. All we have ever been.
As with all peasants, serfs, slaves, we love aristocrats and elect them, their families, their progeny to office to do what we’d like to do if we were aristocrats. Namely get richer. With representative democracy the main difference is we elect the ones most like ourselves.