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America – Is Democracy A Myth

Reading about democracy being a myth reminded me of Plato’s views on democracy.

I was reading an article in The Walrus titled The Myth of American Democracy Here are two quotes from the article that resonated with me:

The self-glorifying opposition to Trump is as foolish as the man himself.

Meanwhile, in the White House gilded cage, the unscripted and overweight canary sings his ferocious songs of sixpence.

The first quote goes on to describe “The Resistance” and how Americans against Trump desire impeachment even if it is unjust, it will mean he is no longer president.

I’ve had friends that I went to highschool with in the 1990s before social medias such as Facebook were around, unfriend me on Facebook because of the election. I normally don’t use Facebook as a sounding board perhaps because I was brought up in a different time.

To be honest, it was probably for the best because their post with hashtags of “Trump not being their president” made me find them childish. The same as I find the MAGA slogan foolish.

This article described my feelings on both sides and had me recalling Plato’s view on democracy.

Plato’s 5 regimes (5 forms of government) interested me long before Trump’s presidency.

Plato discussed in his  Republic  – Book VIII the 5 forms of government.  They are Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and Tyranny. Here is a link to Fact/Myth and an explanation of each form of government per Plato with in depth examples. I will quote the basic example of how democracy leads to tyranny

The problem is, when everyone has total liberty and equality, the state is destined to descend into anarchy and then tyranny.

Plato uses a lot of metaphors and there leaves room for a lot of debate over take aways from each form. What I basically understand about Plato’s theory is that in all life’s goodness, everyone is equal in every way possible. However, eventually one or more ways will be desired above others, so it leads to the next form of government. This government will give away to the next. Once democracy fails, their is chaos.

From the chaos of democracy failing comes a leader and this leader probably will be cheered on as a hero because he’s restoring order. The people want him to lead until the chaos is gone and the people without realizing it, vote the leader into full power. When there’s no more chaos, the people will once again want to share power but the leader who is use to being praised and unquestioned will refuse. The once hero becomes a tyrant. Eventually, the tyrant must be over thrown which brings the government and power back to the beginning where every person shares in everything. This will repeat.

As I said, I’ve used examples that make sense in my mind without over explaining the virtues that each form possess according to Plato. Just like the tyrant may not be the people’s hero. He may just be the one to step in when democracy fails to end the chaos the failure causes.

I can see though that America is divided and it seems half consider Trump to be a hero while the other half view him as a tyrant.

Regardless of which side a person is on, it seems Plato’s  5 regimes that will repeat themselves again and again are very much accurate.

This of course is just my mind over thinking things. I don’t agree democracy is a myth but obviously the founders of America didn’t consider all aspects as Plato did because no man is created equal when it comes to power, money, or other things people lust for. Philosophers for many years have ask should each man hold all virtues equal or should they be divided up? The checks and balances are bound to separate due to the very nature of man. I find that in itself extremely thought provoking.

 

A Poem for National Poetry Month

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“Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from every mountain-side,
And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;
But last year’s bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide!

There are a hundred places where I fear
To go,–so with his memory they brim!
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face
I say, ‘There is no memory of him here!’
And so stand stricken, so remembering him!”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

Singing Soul

 

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Art by Vincent Giarrano

 

She turns up the volume

to avoid voices in her head.

Memories of small-town life,

rocking on her daddy’s knee,

are enough to tear her apart.

Strumming her guitar, singing

that comes from deep within.

It’s the only time she feels

human, forgiven, and content.

 

This was written for Photo Challenge # 257 at MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie

 

 

 

Reno Solo

We met in a whirlwind

throwing caution aside.

First time your lips found

mine, the planets aligned.

The feeling we named love,

our friends called it volatile.

Like an old romantic movie,

we ran to Vegas for our vows.

Impulsive but it felt right.

Now I’m stuck in the middle

of a cyclone, traveling alone.

I’m on my way to Reno with

only sad songs on my mind

Everyone can stare, I’m only

a shell of the woman I was.

Vegas was a dream, almost

perfect, close but no cigar.

I’m on a solo mission now.

Came to town a married lady.

I’ll be leaving carefree, single.

Written for Yeah Write

 

100 Best Websites for Writers in 2019 via The Write Life

The resources are invaluable. This list has helped me. Since there are a lot of sites, I recommend bookmarking the page.
Also, Trish Hopkinson’s blog, “A Selfish Poet” is a wonderful blog to find journals taking submissions, writing tips, and other wonderful post!

Trish Hopkinson

An amazing thing happened this week! While technically, the numbered list isn’t ranked in any way, I’m fine with being first on the list, even if it is just alphabetical and a coincidence they listed my blog in the first section :).

Thanks to my readers who nominated my site for inclusion in this helpful list curated by the generous folks at The Write Life. I’m honored and thrilled to be listed along with several other helpful sites, such as Writers Helping Writers in the Inspiration section and Duotrope in the Tools section. Check out the complete list here:

100 Best Websites for Writers in 2019

The Write Life provides a plethora of writing resources divided into five main sections: Freelancing, Marketing, Blogging, Publishing, and Craft. They also send out a free email newsletter. Articles are posted regularly and include opportunities for writers and poets as well as craft…

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