Centuries ago there lived–“A king!” my little readers will say immediately. No, children, you are mistaken. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood.
Plenty of bipeds have long snouts, wooden men, Dogmen, sociopathic and conniving politicians. The gall of this man and his snooty running mate, to think that he and Willard can lie their way straight into the White House so shamelessly.
To lie like this with no apology is disturbing. This is not the politics of the West. This is the politics of the 3rd World, in particular, this type of campaigning mirrors the campaigns of the Right in Latin America.
One wonders what is so free about such dishonest and money based elections. Sure, people like me can eventually untangle all of the lies, but how many people dig through politics like I do? Worse, how many simply don’t care how much R and R lie, because to them it doesn’t matter?
Does a place like Cuba, where money based elections have been swept off the face of the Earth and dishonest sloganeering is pretty much disallowed, really have less free elections than we do?
There is formal democracy, the democracy of forms, and there is real democracy. They may meet, but not always. Formal democracy may just be a facade, a fat old rich man behind a curtain. And it is possible to have quite a bit of real democracy even when you limit the outward and obvious Western forms.
PS, I didn’t write the blockquote above.