Your linked articles are interesting to say the least.
Admittedly our system of government is imperfect. I have yet to find a better one on this planet. The political system is the most visible evidence of the government. Freedoms and restrictions we encounter in our daily life are, in large part, the manifestation of the government. I'm quite sure that those who have an unconditional
love for government and politics are small in number.
Let's take a generalized look at mankind as applied to society. Generalized
is the key word. Counter arguments based on specifics or exceptions do not negate the big picture. They are merely pieces of the big picture.
For the purpose of conversation, a body of people tends to loose common direction once it exceeds a population of about ten. Human ego left unchecked by moral code always eliminates the welfare of the body, which I will call by the name of society
. Society must have established guidelines for acceptable behavior. We call this laws
. An enforcement group and judiciary supply order, punish offenders, and settle disputes. Once society grows in population and disperses geographically, some form of leadership becomes necessary to unify the group.
Many tasks cannot be accomplished by one person. These tasks require a "team". How often does a team operate efficiently and successfully without leadership? Larger tasks require larger teams and better leadership, layered leadership as tasks grow in scope and scale. Specialization evolves. There must be coordination of the specialized contributions for society to benefit. You guessed it, leadership provides coordination.
What else does society require? Examples include, but are not limited to: common defense, infrastructure, and common media of exchange (currency). None of these things can be formulated and implemented by an individual. Some form of representation and leadership must exist in a free society. Arguments about the state of our freedom do not
apply here. This is a general analysis of mankind and society as applied to politics and government.
Admittedly my explanation is incomplete. The subject has been the object of debate for centuries. The debate will continue until the curtain is drawn to close the last act of the play we call life. Therefore for the sake of brevity, I move on to the subject of your objections regarding our voting process.
In recent years I have observed that the major difference between our two political parties can be evaluated one of two ways. A thin coat of paint distinguishes one from the other. --OR-- One party is the combo meal. The other party is the combo meal with a diet drink. A restructuring of one or both parties is necessary. The alternative is many candidates with the victor garnering let's say 20% of the vote. No majority voice is represented, just a plurality. Sure we could have a run off election, but it is too hard to entice registered voters to go to the polls without having additional elections.
The vetting process which chooses the candidates to represent us is frustrating when none of them represent our beliefs. It can appear the we have King Makers who own both horses in the race. Our most recent election reveals how effective a grass roots movement can be to affect change. I am neither approving nor disapproving the "Tea Party" movement in this discussion. I am merely pointing out how successful a like minded group can be. Guess what? Leadership was a key element in this movement. If you are unhappy with our politics or government, there are like minded individuals you can join forces with. Remember that your choice to abstain from voting is, in effect, a vote.
What are the alternatives to our system? The two extremes are dictatorship and pure
democracy. Dictatorship tramples all personal freedom. Pure democracy is pure mob rule. Our system was designed to balance personal freedom with the constraints necessary for society to live in freedom and peace, while providing the tools necessary for a strong, vibrant nation. Admittedly we have strayed from the base guidelines which form the foundation of our great nation.
I have never found a better, more succinct, analysis than the one found here
in both audio and text format or here
in video format. Unfortunately the first link has an infinite audio loop, but the facility to read along with the audio makes it worthy of inclusion.
This is my opinion based on thoughtful consideration. It is not
intended to promote strife. To the contrary I wish to stimulate thoughtful consideration.
Submitted with all due respect,