I have experienced many disappointments after elections over the years, and I thought I finally learned not to underestimate people’s stupidity when it comes to political decisions, and that was why I thought Obama couldn’t win in 2008, or especially in 2012.
I thought most voters weren’t smart enough to appreciate a guy like him to vote for him. I was proven wrong, and I was very surprised by his victory, especially in 2012. So, I guess his victories made me forget what I had learned about the voter behavior, and for some reason, I naively thought that Clinton would win this time. I should have known better. People disappointed me too many times with their political decisions in the past, and I should have seen the Trump presidency coming.
This is the third time in a row I was wrong about the US presidential election results, and I thought I knew these matters by now. Very disappointing result. I only hope that all his rhetoric, all the impractical policy promises he made, and the insensitive things he said were just an act to get votes from his electorate, and he will actually act more mature and sane when he starts to serve as the actual president.
But let’s look at it from another perspective.
The result is diappointing, but it is not surprising when you think of it. We want self government, and it is not surprising that this is what we get when we give everyone the right to vote.
Democracy inherently assumes that people know what is best for them, and that they are educated enough, and knowledeable enough to elect their leaders.
But that is a false assumption. Most election results, all over the world, shows again and again that when you let ordinary people elect their leaders, they will screw it up, more often than not.
Elections are actually one of the rare areas in modern life that we allow unqualified people to have any control over it.
In any other areas in life, whether it is hiring someone for a specific job, or even letting people drive a car, we have a system that vets the person before we let them have any privilege. We interview job candidates, we make it mandatory for many professions to be licensed to be able to operate, and we even require people to pass a test to get a driver’s license.
But then, why do we allow anyone whose only qualification is to have been born to have the right to vote?
There is something wrong here. If you want to increase the efficiency, or improve results in any area, you leave it to the people who are qualified.
If you let ordinary joe to vote, this is what you get. From this perspective, the democracy works, it serves its purpose, and it allows people to elect their leaders.
But the question is, would you have allowed unqualified people to make decisions in any other area in life?
Would you allow a civil engineer design an airplane for example? Or an aeronotical engineer design a road or a bridge? Can they do each others job? Well, maybe they can produce a result in each others areas if they research it, and work on it. But could they do a good job? That is the main question here.
I think, allowing anyone to vote has been one of the stupidest decisions made in today’s world.
But it is not late to change it. I think, there should be something called a “voter cerfification”, and anyone who doesn’t have one, shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
And to get voter certification, you should be able to pass some kind of test, or have some minimum education requirements, or something like that. At the very least, you should pass a civics test.
I am hoping the political leaders will see this, change the laws to allow this.
Anyone who thinks this is against democracy, well, we need to redefine democracy then.