Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

Letter: Is it too late to save American democracy?

It should be no surprise that our republic has evolved to this sorry condition.

In the 19th Century, Friedrich Nietzsche characterized modern democracy as the decaying form of the state.

In the 1930s, H.P. Lovecraft came to a similar conclusion: Government "by popular vote" means merely the nomination of doubtfully qualified men by doubtfully authorized and seldom competent cliques of professional politicians representing hidden interests, followed by a sardonic farce of emotional persuasion in which the orators with the glibbest tongues and flashiest catch-words herd on their side a numerical majority of blindly impressionable dolts and gulls who have for the most part no idea what the whole circus is about.

More recently, Tobin Smith admitted the brainwashing objective of his network: By careful design and staging, Fox News manipulated (and ultimately addicted) the most vulnerable people in America to the most powerful drug cocktail ever: visceral gut feelings of outrage relieved by the most powerful emotions of all ... the thrill of your tribe's victory over its enemy and the ultimate triumph of good over evil. Tobin stated the strategy was to insulate the audience from opposing views — in part by denouncing other mainstream sources 24/7/365, as liberal, biased, and not to be trusted.

Is it too late to save American democracy? Will we continue on this course of dysfunction until our total demise?

The legacy of our generation is nothing to be proud of and hopefully the next will be better informed and educated — and wiser.

Saeger lives in Fargo.

Advertisement