"Our" Democracy

Posted by Thoughts and Ramblings on Friday, March 22, 2024

The phrase “Our Democracy” is often repeated by politicians particularly when when claiming something is a “threat to our democracy.” The phrase is meant to scare because the people will assume that the “our” includes them. What if doesn’t? What if the “our” is not the country as a whole but just the Washington insiders?

With this definition of “our” in mind, the phrase “threat to our democracy” make much more sense. The threat isn’t to the country or to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” but rather a threat to the Washington insiders who’ve long since abandoned the task of working for the people. So when you hear about a “threat to our democracy,” just remember the “our” is not you.