America – Is Democracy A Myth

This isn’t a post trying to argue politics. I am discussing what I find interesting from articles I’ve read and my understanding of Plato’s views of government. I normally write poetry or things of that nature, so I wanted to explore a different style of writing on here.

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.

 

Eminem & Ed – River

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8062837/ed-sheeran-eminem-river-russell-crowe

 

This is the link to watch the interview and read about how Ed Sheeran sent off his music and song lyrics to Eminem’s manager, thinking he wasn’t going to hear back.  He did in fact hear back and their song, River, which has appeared on Eminem’s newest album, Revival, is one of my favorites! I’ve been an Eminem fan since his 1st album with Dr. Dre producing came out. His album caught a lot of flack over his political views, his choice of artist to feature on tracks, (Ex: Ed Sheeran) and some say the old Eminem is missed. 

Eminem anticipated as much and responded to critics with a mixed version of Chloraseptic ft 2 Chainz. He addresses critics and he apparently was aiming this diss to a former D12 member. This mix proves he can be as comical, vulgar, and ruthless as he wants to be. He  showed the doubters that the younger Eminem was still around but on his album Revival, he is showing a more grown-up side to himself and his music. 

What is ironic to me is the fact that this not the 1st time Eminem has brought politics into his music. Throughout his career he has rapped about Bush, war, and the younger generation standing up to the government. His song White America dealt with the president. Another song, Mosh, was kept off of radio stations. He has rapped about President Bill Clinton receiving oral sex while in office. He’s made no apology for any political position. On the BET Awards show, Eminem freestyled a song to President Trump, highlighting Trump’s remarks about “liking his war heroes not captured.” He rapped about the President’s ties with white supremacists, building a wall, and dividing the country. I think the shock was the ending, in which Eminem stated that anyone that was for Trump, was no fan of his. Or rather, he didn’t want them as fans. So before this turns into a political post, I will end with saying this:  I love the depth of this song dedicated to an aborted child and it shoes Eminem has grown as an artist since the days of “Slim Shady.” 

Phillis Wheatley | Academy of American Poets

https://m.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/phillis-wheatley

I received this email and followed the link.  In doing so, I found poems by Phillis Wheatley, the first African American to publish a book of poetry  in America.
Her circumstances were well, as she received education, was called upon by George Washington to meet with him, and other important selections.  At the end of her life, her circumstances were less than elegant. You can find her poetry and life story at The Acacdemy of Poetry. With Martin Luther King Day coming up, Wheatley’s poetry is a must read.

TTofT on Memorial Weekend

~all gave some, some gave all. some stood true for the red, white and blue and some had to fall. so if you ever think of me, think of all your liberty, and recall, some gave all~
~all gave some, some gave all. some stood true for the red, white and blue and some had to fall. so if you ever think of me, think of all your liberty, and recall, some gave all~

1.  I am grateful to everyone who has served, still serves, and plans to serve in a branch of America’s military.  They risk their lives when they don’t have too, and even if no one agrees with everything on the political side, we in America should all be thankful for our soldiers! 

2. I am thankful that my best friend and I have spoken for the first time since October.  We are related through marriages, and for all intent and purposes, she is my sister.  We both mess up, get mad, but I have missed her horrible, and blood may be thick, but she chooses me as family, the same as I do her.

3. I am very sad that I planned on doing things with my girls this weekend, but their father had planned a beach trip and so I compromised when I truly wanted to be difficult.  I am thankful they are okay, get to spend time with him, his mother, their aunt and cousin.  I am thankful for them both.

4.   I am 38 yrs old, and frankly, I have always been in what I consider long term relationships.  The one I had to end had ran for 9 yrs.  But back and forth for 15 yrs.  I absolutely was not in a healthy relationship.  My girls no longer felt safe.  People can be judgemental but not all women stay because they are weak, scared, or believe they deserve to be treated with disrespect.  I was trying to keep my girls happy while I was miserable.  I had to get out of it and it’s not been easy.  His family’s involvement, moving my life out of his house, and it felt like such a waste of half my life.  But then I realized I am thankful I finally told my girls, I stayed with him 2 yrs longer than I should have, trying to keep them from hurting.  But I needed them to know a man does not treat a woman that way, so lead by example. I’m thankful I made the decision.  

5.   This is in reference to # 4 –  I decided I had to get out of the mess I was in, stop trying to hide behind my bipolar disorder to avoid life, and make a change positive for my girls.  Along the way a friend was by my side.   Actually, he tried being there, but I was worried over the problems it would cause.  As this man made me laugh, after walking in and seeing me crying over my now ex, and as he showed me compassion, understanding, and how someone should treat me, I realized this man was more to me than a friend.  He became my best friend, but I wanted more.  He give me time.  And then hearing him say he loved me, I am so thankful I found love again, because I was jaded and done.  

6.  I am thankful for the people in my life that have still stuck around.

7.  I am thankful that I have been inspired to show both my blogs attention.  Depression and writer’s block took their toll.

8.   I am thankful for everyday that I get a chance to become stronger. 

9.   I’m thankful to all of you wonderful people who take the time to read this and comment.  It means a lot.

10.   I am thankful that I can sometimes remember to reflect on the good instead of all the bad and it turns out, my blessings outweigh the negative.  

Shout out to Lizzi and her TTOT.  You show strength by being thankful and keeping up with your blog.  I admire your strength through the hard times and hope for you to have happy roads ahead.  

Ten Things of Thankful