Observing our selection of Presidential candidates this year, it becomes evident that ANYONE can run for President of the United States. Soon, this will be recognized by Americans at large, and shortly after, by politicians. The result, I predict, will be a radical reform of the election process. Because we don't bothe... (Read more...)
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Are we going do this like the state lotteries? The minimum age is 18? Or is it still 35 to be president? Are we going to allow those with criminal records to play? What about naturalized citizens? I honestly don't think that the American people are stupid enough to leave their lives in the hands of a lottery. Our political system may not be perfect, and is definately broken. But it is a system that works, for the most part. Atleast it isn't a parlamentary system, where the people have no say so, at all.
In Athens you had to be 18 to vote and 30 to serve, as I recall. I may be a little rusty on memory of these details but shouldn't be criticized for that -- after all, it was a couple thousand years ago, for Christ sakes!
Here's a semi-relevant quote:
"Frequent elections by the people furnish the only protection under the Constitution against the abuse of acknowledged legislative power."--Stephen J. Field, US Supreme Court Justice
it is possible to run a government like a raffle or a lotto game. Spin the arrow and see who shall be Maximum Leader -today-. There was something rather egalitarian about the system. -Anyone- in the qualified pool could win. It guaranteed maximal mediocrity and at the same time prevented the tyranny of the cult of personality.
There were some notable exceptions however. For example, Pericles. There was also a down side. The Jury de Jour put Socrates to death because he was a pain in the ass. Socrates had the ever loving gall to point out that Athens was ruled (by and large) by donkeys and asses. Socrates star pupil, Plato, showed there was one thing even worse than that: rule by philosophers. The Athenian system, like any other form of government did not work all that well. Aside from the rule of Asses there was the occasional pro-Spartan Fascist putsch, like the Rule of the Thirty. These Fascist eruptions came and went followed by the usual politics of Revenge. As Socrates found out.