Guest Post: In The US, Democracy Is Now A Sham

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by 'Ray' via ClubOrlov blog,

The founding principle for this new form of government which emerged in the 18th century, was that the Common Man was the ultimate source of power. Citizen legislators would enact the laws and shape the nation’s destiny. But instead, our republic is now strong-armed by professional politicians. The two dominant concerns of these careerists are to STAY in power and to do the bidding of those who ENABLE them to stay in power. Anyone who doubts this statement might try explaining why campaign finance reform and term limits are perennially “off the table.” Actually, that is an understatement - they aren’t even in the building.

It is bad enough that the President, Congress and the Courts serve the interests of a minority that is so tiny that it is almost microscopic. What is even worse, is WHO that elite constituency is. It is exclusively THE BIGS: Big banks, Big corporations, Big agriculture, Big energy, Big pharmaceuticals, Big health care, Big high tech and the BIGGEST of them all - the military-industrial complex.

The “Vox Populi” – voice of the people is now as quaint and outmoded as telephone booths on street-corners. Even when there is a massive outpouring of disapproval for a policy - such as the enormous public outcry against Iraq Invasion 2 – the will of the people is disregarded. Instead, the “leaders” kiss the sterns of their financial backers. Ten million irate citizens cannot offset a single Halliburton.

But not only has genuine democracy vaporized, its putrid carcass is used against the ordinary person for whom it was initially conceived. Our demagogues give stirring speeches applauding our inalienable rights and the freedoms that our constitution protects. But at the same time, they barely whimper when a whistle blower reveals that the surveillance grid that is monitoring our behavior is beyond the wildest imaginings of Orwell or Huxley. And when the head of the Department of Omnipresent Surveillance admits that he lied to Congress, he is not prosecuted for perjury. Amazingly, he doesn’t even lose his job.

When the President signs the NDAA act which allows for “indefinite detention” of citizens without formal charges or without the right to a lawyer, it should be utterly clear that the boot of Soft-Core Tyranny is now on our neck. And that unchecked and almost unnoticed power continues to grow at an obscene pace. Examples of this are the militarization of small town police departments, the unending malignant growth of the Department of Homeland Security and the cessation of Posse Comitatus which keeps the military from being used as a domestic police force.

But even though our career politicians only represent the rich and the powerful, and even though they abet the steady erosion of our constitutionally ordained rights, it is even worse! That’s because despite making a mockery of democracy at home, they trumpet its virtues abroad. This is shameful Hypocrisy with a capital H.

What they are really trying to spread is not Democracy but Predatory Capitalism. They want to expand the sphere of influence of their financial backers who want greater market share in more and more markets. They do this through subtle intrusion via the IMF and the World Bank. Concurrent with this, they embrace the most corrupt and brutal local politicians they can find. The saying “He may be a genocidal dictator, but he’s OUR genocidal dictator” is not a punch-line in a joke. It is standard operating procedure for U.S. foreign policy. If this kinder, gentler approach fails, then the next steps are assassination or invasion. So the spreading of democracy leaves death, mutilation and destruction in its wake.

So, in conclusion, it appears to me that America is no longer a world-wide exemplar of how to sculpt a civilized society. Instead, it is far down the road to becoming a full-blown Corporate Police State. It has fallen so tragically, that it is now just a self-deluded leper strutting about the global stage - unaware that the theater has already emptied.

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Oldwood's picture

Democracy isn't a sham. It is exactly what it has always been. A tool used by populist leaders to overpower their opposition. Mob rule.

Latina Lover's picture

Democracy, 2 wolves and a sheep voting what's for dinner.

y3maxx's picture

...or "Bobblehead Representation"...

SamAdams's picture

It's called "hypocracy", not "democracy"...

ThirdWorldDude's picture

A simple question: what's the difference between a democracy and a republic?

macholatte's picture



The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.

Alexis de Tocqueville


Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

-- Ben Franklin



NotApplicable's picture

Anybody who believes in the legitimacy of mob rule deserves the skull-fucking they are about to receive.

How can statists be SOOOOOOO thick?

maskone909's picture

USA Democracy is Now a Sham-WoW

navy62802's picture

I remember the sham-wow commercials with that dude with spiked hair.

Not Too Important's picture

The one that died of a cocaine overdose? He was high as a kite on all those commercials.

I am more equal than others's picture




We are supposed to have a representative democracy - not a true democracy. 


Dick Buttkiss's picture

No, democracy, as was stated above, is mob rule — i.e., the tyranny of the majority — as evidenced by the largesse it has voted for itself for many decades in this country, and ruinously so.  

A republic, on the other hand, protects the rights of the individual first and foremost (the afterthought that was the Bill of Rights), thus nullifying mob rule.

That was the idea, anyway, the fatal flaw residing in the entity entrusted with enforcing said protections:

DaddyO's picture
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” -- Thomas Paine DaddyO
Real Estate Geek's picture

And all this time I thought Paine was his surname.

Four chan's picture

there is a reason the word democracy is nowhere to be found in our republic's constitution.

Tall Tom's picture

The fatal flaw is Human Nature. THERE ARE NO POLITICAL SOLUTIONS.


The Republic has FAILED. I am sorry. It is tragic. The Great Experiment has been an abysimal failure and there will be NO RECOVERY.


That is the reality and you had best understand it and accept it for your own prosperity.

Dick Buttkiss's picture

"The fatal flaw is human nature."

Bullshit fundamentalist nihilism. We are naturally peaceful creatures hardwired to, in Adam Smith's words, "truck, barter, and exchange" to our mutual benefit.

"The Republic has FAILED. I am sorry. It is tragic. The Great Experiment has been an abysimal failure and there will be NO RECOVERY."

You got that right.

"That is the reality and you had best understand it and accept it for your own prosperity."

Yes, and as I said, that means understanding who the real enemy is:

Canoe Driver's picture

You are indeed a dick buttkiss if you believe all human "creatures" are "naturally peaceful." Most of the people are, and have always been, extremely short-sighted morons. What needs to be learned is that power is almost always held by people who are no better, maybe worse.

Dick Buttkiss's picture

As the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagor said, "Men are cruel; man is kind."

Which is to say that while cruelty is found in humans, it is not our species' nature, the state being our enemy for the simpe reason that its nature is cruelty (the more so the better it's disguised), attracting the basest among us and corrupting the rest, thus centralizing and thereby intensifying human cruelty vastly more than would otherwise be the case.

nanpanman's picture

Oddly enough, I find myself agreeing with a person named Dick Buttkiss...

Dick Buttkiss's picture

It's the state that can kiss my ass, everywhere and always.

Society I kiss on the lips, as much as possible but only insofar as it wants me.

Thus, and only thus, does our relationship develop to our mutual benefit.

AnAnonymous's picture

'Americans' cant get out of the cocoon of fantasy they weave to shield them from reality.

Majority rule in the US? What turn out rate?

The thing is that 'american' nations have been governed by 'americanism'. 'Americanism' have not changed one bit. It is just the plain old same as it was at the beginning.

'Americans' simply cant handle that fact.

Tall Tom's picture

NotTooImportant...You are full of crap.


He did not die of a Cocaine Overdose. He is still quite alive.

mumbo_jumbo's picture

obviously he had the guy confused with Billy Mays but why the hostility?  he got the guys confused which makes him not full of crap but just wrong.

i figured this out almost instantly but didn't feel the need to insult.

fallout11's picture

Another dual citizenship holder? Interesting.

zaphod's picture

US style democracy worked as long as the government was limited, both in terms of a constitutional box which limited its powers and a tax structure that limited its funding.

US democracy failed the day the tax structure changed. Now the government could bribe the public with freebies and create dependancy. We are complaining about the outcome today, but need to understand that this outcome was enabled and pre-determined 100 years ago when the box was opened. 

newworldorder's picture

You are referring to the bypass of asking the people for additional revenue through taxes. When a rich uncle form Mars can give unlimited money at low interest, what's not to like. The path of least resistance always works in the human nature equation.

DirkDiggler11's picture

Democracy failed on April 9th, 1865 at about 4pm. This was the day General Robert E Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S Grant in Appomattox Virginia at the house of Wilmer McLean.

You now have the exact date, place and time that the Federal Government would begin its assault on the freedoms of now every American, not just those citizens of the South as during the war of Northern Aggression.

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

I tend to agree with you almost 99%....but still have 1% in me that thinks it started on July 4, 1776.....the day our country was founded was the day various people started their efforts to find a way to 'control' it. Just my $0.02.

AnAnonymous's picture

In the US, politicians are elected by WeThePeople aka the 'american' middle class, the only one there is a big incentive to bribe.

Poors do not vote and rich are not numerous enough to sway the vote.

DaddyO's picture

Ever here of Diebold? The 'Rich' have way more sway than you realize.


Semi-employed White Guy's picture

"You're gonna love my nuts!" - Vince

Doubleguns's picture

 It is exclusively THE BIGS: Big banks, Big corporations, Big agriculture, Big energy, Big pharmaceuticals, Big health care, Big high tech and the BIGGEST of them all - the military-industrial complex.


You exclusively forgot the thugeryist of them all the Big Unions. 

Karl von Bahnhof's picture

And the final exclusive BIG FUCK OFF!

mumbo_jumbo's picture

yes, the massive union of lobbyist that descend on Washington daily is a huge problem.

a well run and fair company would NEVER unionize and that's why professional sports athletes had no choice but to form a union.

OT, i wonder how much the hedge gets paid for those auto start commercials that run on the side of the screen THAT I NEVER WATCH AND HAVE TO MUTE MY SOUND BECAUSE OF.

TeamDepends's picture

Democracy:  51% can tell 49% what to do and/or "I thought you were in charge."

Republic:  Individual is protected through rule of law.

HardAssets's picture

In the (as conceived) American republic -- it was recognized that human beings have individual rights granted to them by their Creator. These rights cannot be taken by those in government or voted away.

Such propagandists as Bernays said that they would manipulate the public to 'think' and vote in whatever manner the hidden powers wanted. For this reason they have attacked true education and used the media against the American people for over a century. They are traitors to the principles of the nation and the US Constitution. They are a plague on humanity around the world.

maskone909's picture

all for the low low price of _____.  you can have your politician today, and if you act now....

AnAnonymous's picture

Both negroes and Indians were human beings. The story is known.

'Americanism' has not changed one bit since its inception on 1776, July, 4th.

The world is now the result of 'americanism'.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Uhm no; there's this thing called principle of consensual democracy, providing protection for the 49% from your example, meaning the 51% can't get it their own way.

Rule of law, as a principle (a dead word on a piece of paper), exists in republics as well as democracies. 

The Gooch's picture

<---------FSA! FSA! FSA! <cough/unions> FSA! FSA! FSA! FSA!

<---------K-Street is the best street! K-Street is the best Street!

"Democracy" is a win! win!


Omegaman2211's picture

What exactly are you basing this misguided perception of reality on?

ThirdWorldDude's picture

USA was never a democracy? Since your Constitution has never been changed since its inception, tell me how did people get to elect their representatives in 1800 or 1900 and how did they make sure the majority wolves (51%) didn't get to decide over the minority sheep (49%)?

USA was a federal democratic republic, but in reality you people (like every other nation) only kept the name and abandoned the status & principles the same moment you allowed TPTB to strip you of the right to impeach your representatives, resulting in today's corrupt system of revolving doors, where checks and balances only works as a means for achieving personal lust for power. You claim that USA is a republic, not a democracy, and here I am claiming that you have neither. 

You've been sold a pig with a ton of make up. It is not the name that counts, but people's determination to defend their individual rights and freedoms. With avery day passing by, you have less of both.


Addendum I: the only difference between democracy and republic is a linguistic one, where the first derives from old greek language and the second one from latin. Not unlike schoolboys arguing which of the gods is stronger - Neptune of Poseidon...

Addendum II: if you compare Swiss democracy vs. USA republic, which of the two systems provides a better protection of individual rights and freedoms? 

TeamDepends's picture

For the record we did not junk you, even though you called us terrible names for attempting to answer this very question a few weeks ago.

malek's picture

You seem to overlook that in a democracy every law can be changed by the majority in the blink of an eye (OK, in a few rare cases a 2/3 super-majority.)