Democracy will turn to tyranny. A feature of humanity makes it darn near certain that it will. The feature can be described as a state of dumb gullibility that leaves the door wide open for the most dishonest of people to take control of information and public record. Perhaps it stems from a human need to put social cohesion ahead of enlightenment, even to the extent of pogroms and genocide.
When main-stream information falls under ideological control, democracy is doomed. Most of the people can then be fooled enough of the time for any crack-pot agenda to prevail. The Fourth Estate is a violation of democracy, not a bulwark for it. The MSM is an in-your-face weapon for control freaks. If the last 12 years have taught us anything, it is this: the liars of the Left are the control freaks and we are allowing them power über alles. We are on the edge of the abyss.
I would like to be wrong about this. If y’all can bear to plunge into the gloom with me, please persuade me I’m wrong.
Or, you may prefer to shine a shaft of joy into the heart of our Patriarch and go off-topic with panache and aplomb…
Which reminds me, a homeless old Nam vet once yelled at me in a public park, a-propos of nothing at all, “GAARRN FELLA, I DARE YA!” I walked away and to his surprise and initial confusion I returned with fish ‘n’ chips and beer ‘n’ smokes, and enjoyed an afternoon with the good old bloke. He did the smoking while I helped him drink the beer.
He was still alive the next day as well. I checked, and slipped him a phone with an app I built and added him to my eyes and ears on the street. When we cross paths these days, if there is no-one else around, the good old fella doffs his cap at me with panache and aplomb.
(Not that I’m suggesting you blokes are old; ss is a fun place oozing with panache and aplomb is all)
BTW, on my maximised screen I count my off-topic / on-topic line ratio as 13:11 on this here post. That is an okay ratio, but when it comes to comments on the post, 10:1 would be a more realistic outcome and more in keeping with the spirit of this blog.
Anyone watching the Prada Cup? (14:11)
God is an Englishman (15:11)
Soccer Sux! (16:11)
Garn, I dare ya.