“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. ”
― H.L. Mencken
It definately does have truth in it. We are at a point in time that presents unique challenges as well. The amount of disinformation is staggering. So it's not just a matter of being unaware, but have you been willfully mislead? And misinformation is often a direct result of disinformation, so it's like a lie that begets MORE lies and just the sheer amount of mistruths can lead to mistrust of REAL information. Democracy has to withstand a constant battering.
That's a statement most frequently quoted by people that think they're so much smarter than the rest of the population. Mencken was a satirist like Clemens (Mark Twain) so the comment had a hyperbolic aspect that indicates to me it's not meant to be considered an absolute. Mencken was frequently astonished at the ignorance of the American Political choices, as we all should be after 2016.
The US had an IQ test and failed, we're about to take the same test.
The answer is "Anyone and anything but Trump"
A blowfish would have been a better president, at least a blowfish has no opinion on face mask.
That guy was a real misanthrope, wasn't he! Though when you look at how people behave in general maybe you can't blame him. I've been reading Nextdoor (a neighborhood social networking service—you see posts from people in surrounding neighborhoods) and there are so many morons living nearby, I'm glad I never talk to them, seriously. But I live in a red area in a blue state, that is a Republican area in a mostly Democratic state, so I suppose it's not surprising.
I think democracy only works if the electorate is well-educated, and in the United States anyway, if you can come out of our school system well-educated you're a fucking miracle, you are. Add to that what passes for news and entertainment around here, kind of not surprising we have a president like Donald Trump.