Why our founders weren’t thrilled with the idea of democracy

Date February 12, 2010

Blame the childish, ignorant American public—not politicians—for our political and economic crisis. – By Jacob Weisberg – Slate Magazine

At the root of this kind of self-contradiction is our historical, nationally characterological ambivalence about government. We want Washington and the states to fix all of our problems now. At the same time, we want government to shrink, spend less, and reduce our taxes. We dislike government in the abstract: According to CNN, 67 percent of people favor balancing the budget even when the country is in a recession or a war, which is madness. But we love government in the particular: Even larger majorities oppose the kind of spending cuts that would reduce projected deficits, let alone eliminate them. Nearly half the public wants to cancel the Obama stimulus, and a strong majority doesn’t want another round of it. But 80-plus percent of people want to extend unemployment benefits and to spend more money on roads and bridges. There’s another term for that stuff: more stimulus spending.

One Response to “Why our founders weren’t thrilled with the idea of democracy”

  1. Betty Stewart said:

    Are you kidding? We have not had a democracy in a long time. Our country is run by big money. Our poor and middle class subsidize the wealthy who are sucking up resources. Check the facts.
    We have to do stimulus because our last president ran this country into the ground – just like he has done with his previous businesses. It was like a hostile take-over of a company – they stripped it clean and left it for someone else to clean up the mess.
    Obviously you must make more than 250K/yr or else you have been mislead by the plethora of lies and distortions promoted by the Republican party