“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see.”

I’m going to try an impossible stunt here on TUAK, just to see if I can. Not only sickened by the subject but sick of it, I’m going to stop talking about the election.

I will attempt to finish out this election season by not saying anything more about the two appalling lead candidates, one of which will certainly (barring divine or SMOD intervention) harm us all by becoming President of the United States. (wail!) I will not even mention the other funnier-because-harmless candidates.

This will be difficult. I may not succeed. But at least until I pop a blood vessel I will leave the topic with a quote that’s been making the rounds from our poet laureate, Douglas Adams…

“…On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.

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9 Responses to “It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see.”

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    Groan…. yep, that’s about it. What I’m really not looking forward to is all of the kvetching and boo hooing AFTER the election.

    You can probably avoid blogging about the election for the next two+ weeks, but I think it will be harder afterwards.

    Now if people will just get over the idea that they need ANY lizards at all… ever.

  2. Kentucky says:

    IMHO we lose control at the very grassroots level. We elect less-than-sterling folks to school boards, city and county offices, and then continue to vote for them as they climb the political ladder as state representatives, senators, and governors and then federal senators and representatives . . . all the while overlooking their shortcomings because they are the ones who spend the money and hire the campaign managers and publicists to make sure they are the ones on the ballot. And eventually they make their way to the BIG TIME and wind up on the presidential ticket, with all their baggage intact but ignored or smoothed over by a media that’s so in the bag it’s amazing anyone believes any of it.

    We get what we deserve . . . lizards.

  3. MamaLiberty says:

    Don’t include me in your “we.” I never vote for any of them. sigh The problem is that “we” get the lizards others vote for… and will continue to do so until we give up the idea that ANY lizards are needed.

  4. Joel says:

    😀 Ah, but you snuck a “we” in there yourself, ML…

    … and will continue to do so until we give up the idea that ANY lizards are needed.

    I’m pretty sure ‘we’ve’ already done that. Unfortunately we’re outvoted by all those millions of clueless ‘they’s.’ :(

  5. Steve in CA says:

    Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.

  6. MamaLiberty says:

    Yeah, it’s impossible not to use “we” completely, but the context should indicate a definition of who that “we” includes. I was assuming that the “we” here at this blog don’t want lizards. That’s probably not true… so I withdraw the we in this case. :)

    And yes, all the people who do “vote” for the lizards (they are ALL lizards) think they do need the lizards to control their lives… whether they admit it or not. :)

  7. Klaus says:

    Really?This once great country has been hijacked many decades ago. It’s been a dog and pony show since…..

  8. Steve_in_CA says:

    Some would say the decline began with the Federalists’ efforts in 1791 to consolidate power by assuming war debts of states who were unable to pay their war bonds and instituting a distilled spirits tax to pay for it. This amounted to an income tax in the western frontier and started the Whiskey Rebellion.

  9. coloradohermit says:

    “Not only sickened by the subject but sick of it, I’m going to stop talking about the election.”
    Thank you!

To the stake with the heretic!