A vibrant representative democracy depends on education, good information and voter participation. The most lethal poison for a vibrant representative democracy is oligarchy.
Oligarchs are driven by greed. They do not care about the commonwealth of the nation. They would be perfectly at ease with the nation becoming a giant cesspool, as long as they continue to accumulate wealth and power. Only a “state-of-the-art” electorate can succeed in stopping them.
The electorate, in this country, is composed of three groups:
1. The nutjobs on the left and the right. This group does not determine the outcome of elections.
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2. Serious voters who do their homework before voting. This group does not determine the outcome of elections either.
3. Low-information, easily deceived and easily impressionable voters. This group determines the outcome of elections.
I have seen this movie for over 45 years. Will I see it again next November?