When the Constitution was crafted, but due to the fact that women were not allowed to vote then because they were not regarded as well enough educated or informed, and that only property owners were thought to have enough of an investment in the long term welfare of the state to qualify as voters.
The popular idea today is that the more people who vote, the stronger our democracy will become, helping everyone to feel he has a role in decision making. But more important for political stability is the economic welfare of the country.
But many, especially those who feel that their “thoughts and wisdom” rank higher ( by virtue of wealth, education, profession or simply “self esteem”) think that it is time to return to the time when that only informed citizens with a vested interest are allowed to vote. They are finding out, however, that their opinions are being ignored, at best.
Here we are with four primaries behind us. The first primary was won by Senator Ted Cruz, Trump came in second. The front of the New York Daily News stated that “Dead Clown Walking”, suggesting that he came close to “third” and suggested he sounded like a “beaten man” in his “morose” concession speech. Then….. he won the next three primaries. Not only did he win BUT he won BIG.
Now …… the pundits, journalists and writers of all conservative stripes are up in arms about how to “stop” him. Bob Woodward, of the Watergate fame, was very excited this morning….. he came up with a great idea….. maybe the “pundits, journalists and writers of all conservative stripes” are not explaining it well enough to get the people to “connect” the dots about Trump. You could see that this was a big “aha” moment to him. Perhaps if they (“pundits, journalists and writers of all conservative stripes”) wrote in simple language, big letters, and used arrows as illustrations….. we would “understand” and look to them (“pundits, journalists and writers of all conservative stripes”) to guide us to the right candidate.
One political analyst, I don’t know his name, looked positively sleepless and harassed by the idea that somehow Trump was winning. In fact, because of the high definition television you could see sweat on his brow and spittle on his chin as he talked furiously. Marco Rubio stated that you don’t have to win the states primaries in order to win the election and roughly every two days or so we have a debate, town-hall, or something. All the television “pundits, journalists and writers of all conservative stripes” are given a chance to shine and show how fabulous they are…… unfortunately they are not running. The candidates, looking positively exhausted are reduced to repeating the same lines over and over again. Came from ____…. Momma was a maid……. I have _____ children …. looking out for them…… I was poor….. so poor that we called it “poe”…… Lots of Bible references and “Praise da Lwd”. And they all have the “I was the first ” or “I was the only” speech that was their “elevator speech” that makes them different.
And then there is Trump. And it is unpredictable, spontaneous and original. And all those beautiful, adoring and successful kids, great looking super model wife, a daughter almost ready to give birth to the eighth grandchild looking as though she could be on a runway……. and we are riveted.
It has nothing to do with policy, or who has read the most about foreign policy which makes them an “expert”. It has nothing to do with which one knew it was “second Corinthians” not “two Corinthians”. And it has nothing to do with being “angry” and wanting to get ‘back at the ___ “class”……… Nope, it is just that the “electable” music has been played before. Its just that the populace is rejecting the way of thought….. It’s just that this hand has been played too ” highhandedly”. And the people have decided to “reject” a candidate on the Republican side being chosen for them.
I know it is really difficult for the highly talented to watch with impotence at the foolish folly of the “great unwashed” masses….. but consider this….. Without this freedom to choose, who will choose the choosers? “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.” – Winston Churchill. But that argument aside, this is what America is built on, the freedom to choose. A better argument would be: “It is freedom itself that still hangs in the balance, and freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.” – Ronald Reagan