...The People all start out as idiots: "Idiocy was the natural state of ignorance into which all persons were born and its opposite, citizenship, was effected through formalized education."
21st Century America (and other nation-states that do the "voting" ritual) has streamlined the process by removing that difficult and awkward "education" step and replacing it with simple-minded propagandizing, thus allowing idiots to vote without the necessity of acquiring the tools of citizenship. Yay, us.
(Our politicians have responded by being uniformly duplicitous; case in point, California's Leland Yee, standout bringer-of-schadenfreude to gunnies. The recent charges against him illustrate a general rule: whatever a politician takes the loudest stand against, he or she is probably doing in private. Which is why we need to vote 'em all out -- for the children.)
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