Democracy is too powerful a tool to be placed in the hands of people that vote with their bellies and not their brains. Had Syriza (the Greek neo-Communist party now on the verge of being elected early next year) taken power at the last election, they would have plunged Greece into crisis and withdrawn from the eurozone. Things would now be improving (for some). After years of belt-tightening, stomachs listen to anybody offering food, even those whose food is rotten.
It's not something unique to Greece; in the UK there is a possibility that stomachs will vote for Labour next May. As before, the Party will spend what they don't have, borrow what they don't deserve and take a giant leap backwards. Four years later, rocked by crisis, they will go to the country and the Conservatives will be voted in by the brains of people that have had full bellies, but see that they haven't paid for the food. The cycle will start all over again.
Those that lead America have overcome the problem of democracy. The President appears to be democratically elected, but once in the White House he finds his advisors have tied his hands and gagged him. Periodically, on some high profile, but relatively minor issue, they slip the leash and let him have his say. Thus the people ... the voters believe their chosen leader is truly running the country and thus avoid searching questions, insurrection and an overthrow of the control the hidden men have wielded since they had Kennedy bumped off. They will 'allow' a 'token' woman in soon; maybe, just maybe they will thus overplay their hand when they discover how difficult it is to gag a woman.
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