Politicians make for great entertainment at public expense. Is democracy the most curious form of government? Or, is it publicly sponsored, state sanctioned entertainment? The answer? Yes.
Personally, I’m something of a monarchist. Make that a benevolent monarch and all is well with me. Why not democracy?
Most of us just don’t have the proper training and qualifications to elect our representatives. How can I say that?
Look at our representatives. What else can I say?
All seriousness aside, the give and take of politics in American manages to muddle through the day. We’re probably no worse off than if we drew straws.
One problem I have with politics is the ability to influence politicians, yet I’m not convinced that having the public pay for election campaigns is an appropriate response.
Politicians are usually their own worst enemy, despite managing to make plenty of the same through years of so-called public service.
Without question, those of us who follow politics in the US have a form of entertainment with a broad scope.
From local politics to state politics to national politics, every human foible gets uncovered, sooner or later.
I do not question that some who seek and obtain public office do so for the greater good of their constituents.
I do not questtion that some who seek and obtain public office do so for their own greater good, public be damned.
How can you tell which is which? I don’t think you can.
I’ve watched video of President John Kennedy handling news conferences. He was an extraordinarily gifted speaker, not to mention a babe magnet.
He would provide wonderful media fodder if he were president today.
Comparing a Kennedy speech or news conference with a similar George W. Bush event is also entertaining, but for all the wrong reasons.
It should be apparent that voters can be successfully entertained with both high brow and low brow comedy.
It was Will Rogers who said, “There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.”
How can you argue with that?
Democracy varies substantially from a monarchy when it comes time to change leaders. Overthrowing a monarchy can be messy.
A mature democracy simply reaches a tipping point when nearly everyone agrees that it’s time to “throw the bums out.”
That acts is a cleansing effort for the subsidized entertainment provided by our government.
Do we live in interesting times, or what?
Editor’s Note: Before her death, Tera passed along her personal journal. It is filled with hundreds of comments, essays, observations, and perspectives on every subject matter. As time permits, I will edit and publish select journal entries for Tera Talks. —Alexis Kayhill