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posted on 07 February 2018

"We the People," Really?

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"We the People," so begins the U.S. Constitution ... It was a powerful statement to constitute a new nation, exceptionally founded with neither a king nor a pope. But it is fundamentally wrong - It was wrong then, when slavery was still harbored, and it is wrong now, when "We the People" practically means the indistinguishable masses, including many Stupid Voters.

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1. Who were "the People" in 1789?

To the Founding Fathers, "the People," politically speaking at least, meant only some property-owning white men as follows:

1) Voting: Men without property and women were not allowed to vote, nor were the minorities.

2) Serving: Only some rich white men were able to serve in the [top] public offices. For example, Members of Congress were virtually unpaid until 1855 (Salaries of members of the United States Congress).

Obviously, both gender discrimination and racial discrimination are wrong. But only the rich can serve, unpaid? I like it! For more, read: America: Let The Rich Run The Country Like China Does!

2. Who are "the People" now?

Everybody, also known as the "indistinguishable"!

Specifically, over the past 200 years, the scope of "the People" has been significantly expanded with two major milestones as follows:

1) 1920: Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote.

2) 1965: Voting Rights Act of 1965 smashed all the state and local Jim Crow laws.

For more, read: What Is American Democracy, Anyway?

Oh, there is the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. It must be appealed - Repealing the Twenty-Sixth Amendment!

3. Is American democracy working?

No! The most recent significant example is the election of Donald Trump to the American Presidency. Specifically, Americans were so fed up with the existing political establishment that we were willing to try something, anything, different. Can anybody possibly be more different than Donald Trump?

In other words, Americans gambled on Donald Trump. Unfortunately for America, the outcome of this gamble is likely to be little different from that of any other gamble: the odds of winning are slim to none!

Now, did American democracy work before, say from 1965 to 2000? No, not really! It appears to have worked for one simple reason: America could afford it. It is no longer working for one simple reason: America can no longer afford it! In analogy, saying American democracy worked in the 1990s is like saying Soviet communism worked in the 1960s - Both were temporary and transitional!

4. Last chance?

Before giving up on American democracy, let's try harder by improving both aspects of voting and serving. Specifically, let's insert the word "intelligent" in front of "people" in the U.S. Constitution, as shown below.

As the "Land of Opportunity," America allows intelligent people to succeed like in no other country. Why can't we simply apply this open secret of success to democracy as well?

5. Does democracy rely on intelligent people to succeed?

Yes, minimally - We need both intelligent candidates and intelligent voters, as described in my last book: American Democracy: Why is it failing & how to fix it?

Three highlights:

1) The American Presidency: Raise the statutory requirements, such as the minimum age to 55 and having served as a state governor for one full term at least.

2) Congress: Introduce strict term limits.

3) Voters: Restore the minimum voting age to 21, so that voting is at least as serious as drinking or driving.

More preferably, the minimum voting age should be raised even more, as high as 40. Why? Read the image below:

For more on the voting age, read Voting age and Argentina considers lowering their voting age to 16.

6. Discussion

Everything is relative!

Compared with the U.K., America may have simply diluted the notion of a royal family from one to several, as shown in the mage below.

What about China?

America would most likely still have been "fine" today, if there had not been the China miracle, highlighted as follows:

1) China has lifted some 600 million people out of poverty over the past four decades, totally re-balancing the world's economy, from manufacturing to consumption.

2) China is now directly challenging America in superiority not only economically, but also politically.

In short, China (i.e. capitalism + autocracy) is offering a valid alternative to the American model (i.e. capitalism + democracy) for the rest of the world to emulate.

The image below highlights the key foundational difference between the two societal models.

Which one is better? China is time-tested over the past 2,000 years, while America remains an experiment. I believe the experiment will soon be over, as America will prove to be not exceptional at all. For more, read: Governance in America.

It's time to examine America's very foundation!

In a previous post (Not All Men Are Created Equal!), I refuted "All Men Are Created Equal." In this post, I have refuted "We the People." The image below is a summary:

Here is a long but very informative reading: An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly.

7. Closing

"We the People" must be enhanced with the addition of intelligence to both politicians and voters, or American democracy is doomed to fail, just like Greek democracy, ancient or modern!

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