November 8 2002
Bush did win. Of course, he wants to start a war that will make the world –
and especially the life of American citizens – better, the umpteenth war
to end all wars after which everyone will live in heaven.
But what do these elections mean? Bush got slightly more than 50 percent of the
registered votes but more than twenty percent of the Americans did
not register - besides the many who are not allowed to register
(prison population for example) So maybe slightly more than one
third of the adult Americans voted for Bush. And democracy should be
the rule of the majority! Bush (and all other American presidents)
never got an majority, they are only supported by a minority.
By the way I do not think that there is a fundamental
difference between the policy of Bush or e.g. Al Gore.
In the Netherlands the phenomenon Fortuyn suddenly got 17% of the votes. The
traditional political world was shocked. They never knew that the discontent
under the masses was so big. But the List Fortuyn collapsed and the old
political elite was reassured. It could continue to give all positions of power
(including the lavish remuneration) to its members.
But do you think that the discontent has collapsed? Of course not. Many people
refuse to vote because they understand that democratic elections are not in
Instead of boasting that the USA is the greatest democracy ever, American
politicians should be permanently shocked because so few people are
participating in elections.
They can only choose between the bad and the ugly.
This non-participation should be reason enough to change the political system
but leaders are satisfied that their privileged position is not jeopardised
by the present system.
The masses should not squander their time on elections, they should develop
their own independent creative power.
Yours truly, Joost van Steenis