I was just scanning the American news outlets regarding the election in Syria. It’s rather pathetic, either no reporting at all, or this corrupt screed by Juan Cole.
“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” Thomas Jefferson
But it’s reassuring to know that things have not changed, or as Truman said, that the only thing that is new is the history we do not know about. Which is most of it.
Mr. Cole must know on some level how corrupt our own elections are. We have but two parties and they each abide by the same philosophy and rules, only changing their public appearance to appeal to different voting blocs. The “leaders” they put forth are fourth-rate men and women, as by definition these people must say things that please their electorate while acting to please their true constituencies, their financiers. Their success relies on their skill at duplicity.
But suppose we have an honest person running for office, who wants to serve the public good – what then? He will be targeted for removal if he wins, and if considered a critical post, the election itself can be altered by the voting machines, which are easily hacked and insecure.If I had to vote, I’d feel better about doing so in a Syrian or Egyptian or Crimean election than here, as we are so godawful corrupt. There the choices seem quite real, and the outcome will impact public policy. Further, their technology, dipping one’s finger in paint after voting, trumps ours.
There is a man running for Congress in Montana who is interesting. That’s the best I can say for him. He’s an ex-Navy Seal, and talks out of school. He looks intelligent and devious. He’s surely not honest, but if that is a qualification, don’t vote. He’s no scholar or advocate for public good, but dammit, he’s interesting, and that’s more than we usually get out of our elections.
Assume that we will not get honest candidates, real leaders, people who are not beholden to hidden money. Assume that the best we can ever hope for is interesting. That does not happen very often. I’ll take it!
This one will be fun.