Perhaps a Juice Box?

Sanity check: If you ever find that you are arguing against democratic elections and representatives directly appointed by and accountable to the governed, you need to step back for a second.

I know how attractive it is to have secret knowledge, and some kind of God view of “the way things really work.” I get it. I feel that too. But when your desire to be a superior smarty tells you we should accept backdealing by a shadow government, or tells you that aristocracy would be better than mobilizing “stupid” voters, you have stopped being one of the good guys. You maybe need to look at some kitten pictures for a second, drink a juice box.

Literally the entire legitimacy of our government rests on the consent of the governed. That’s what democracy is, power granted by the people. We’re not a theocracy (power granted by god) or a monarchy (power also granted by god, divine right of kings) or a dictatorship (power by military force).

When you start saying something like “but they followed x rule so it’s ok,” and x rule doesn’t in any way tie to consent by and accountability to the governed, that rule is not ok and needs to be challenged. If you start “getting realistic” and saying the popular vote doesn’t matter and that approval ratings don’t affect somebody’s mandate to enact an agenda, you are saying you have given up on living in a democracy, and would rather play “hop when somebody says hop” games.

Does that mean the majority gets its way all the time? No, because the minority is also part of the governed. But “the people in power can do whatever they want” – no. Not as a legitimate government, no. This is not hairsplitting naievity. It’s not their power. It’s something they’ve borrowed. Dust off your high school memories, and I am sure you will find the words “social contract” rattling around, no matter where in the US you were educated. It is more important to know than any single law that we’ve written, the Constitution included. (It is chiefly why we have amended the Constitution.)

Matt says: Where do I sign up for kitten pictures and juice boxes? Because I’d like both.

Romie: If we start production immediately on a line of “sophisticated, adult” juiceboxes with kitten pictures on the front, I think we can establish a dominant position in that market segment within about 7 months.

Based on some cursory market research I can say (with dismay) that it seems like nobody is currently doing a juice box subscription box.