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comment by johnnyFive

Sadly there are lots of the types out there. Folks who would complain about all those lying politicians, but suddenly a sociopathic rich guy comes along and is worthy of trust.

user-inactivated  ·  1013 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There is a large population in Ohio and Kentucky that do not at all understand that Medicare is Government health insurance. Why yes, most are fucking Boomers, how'd you guess?

johnnyFive  ·  1012 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm listening to the audio book of Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton (a book that I cannot recommend enough, btw). I'm as far as the Revolutionary War, but even then, Hamilton had an interesting perspective: he was in favor of democracy to a point, and certainly believed in citizens having more say in their government, but was also really wary of the mob.

We've of course seen how elitism can be used to disenfranchise groups we don't like (especially racial minorities), but it's interesting to wonder if we're not seeing the side-effects of a greater degree of popular involvement. Trump is exactly the kind of politician that the Founders were worried about.