Do the majority of the population have the wisdom necessary to influence leadership decisions?
The majority of the population doesn't have the wisdom necessary to influence leadership decisions. We live in a "yes" culture for some, and a "me" culture for others; the latter offering nothing, and the former taking everything. Besides, the ability to be influenced requires the capacity to be other than self-interested -- which is antithetical to the current crop of political leadership on both sides of the aisle.
Absolutely not. In fact, I believe its the other way around. It seems to me that the public is more influenced by the spin and pandering of their elected officials. The majority of this country no longer seems to read or become familiar with issues, relying on political party talking points and the extreme media pundits because its easier than thinking for themselves. When you blindly accept decisions, you allow the wolves to guard the hen house. A population with Improved education levels and the implementation of term limits would go a long toward influencing governing decisions from the ground level.
Not only is the answer yes, but the vast majority of leadership is far less competent than the average Joe Schmuck.
Absolutely not, and this is by the designs of the rich, who do.
I say yes. Although Americans are pretty ignorant, they are not stupid. We are capable of knowing whether or not a decision will affect our personal freedoms. And that is generally what we worry about as citizens. When we shrug and say we are not wise enough to influence decisions in Washington, we are giving our paternalistic government carte blanche to create an Orwellian society. Was George W Bush wise enough to make decisions? He was our president after all. What if Sara Palin became Chief of State? Is she less-ignorant than the average American? Our richest and most powerful rulers are subjects of the same flawed educational system we are. Some learn how to understand the world, but most do not. They are more like movie stars than statesmen. I would go a step further and say abolish the House of Representatives in lieu of a national referendum on all issues: public spending, going to war, passing laws, etc. Why not?
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