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Just how many things do we want to pass to mute systems?

There’s a lot of stuff lately where we quietly shuffle things off to private spaces where we can let things that don’t have to justify them abnegate our part in what happens. John McCain was asked about the confederate flag, he spoke in South Carolina that The People Of South Carolina can make that decision, which isn’t an answer. What do you think of this thing, he was asked, and he palmed it across to instead to the silent, brooding, un-testable South Carolinan electoral system.

It’s funny too, because the voters of South Carolina, mostly, won’t want to make that decision. Seriously, the majority of the people capable of voting wouldn’t. What remains then is a population who are by necessity a minority of the whole, and those people don’t have to tell you how they voted. Funnily enough, if it was put to a vote, the odds are good that the system would keep the flag.

One of the weirdest things about the Republican Representative system the US uses is that it ostensibly puts a person, hopefully a wise one, in a position to make a decision based on what’s for the best for the people they represent and for the country as a whole. But instead, with even these basic decisions, it’s so easy to mutely say well let’s leave it to the voters. Like the country with broken democracy works best as a broken direct democracy.


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