direct democracy at its finest

direct democracy at its finest

Everyone and their mom already have had the pleasure of watching this video of the President-Current ducking a shoe during a surprise visit in Iraq.  I have been watching – staring – at this hypnotizing animated gif for twelve hours. It never gets old. It never gets boring. It is purely mesmerizing.

On a more serious note, what is this but a fantastic example of democracy? Contemporary western democracies, with the noticeable exception of Switzerland, all have complex methods of impeachment and censor motions processes in a system of more or less direct representation. What could be a better example of popular disapproval towards a local (and in that case, international) political system than … throwing a shoe at the leader? Political representatives are on a mandate to bring popular issues to the government in order to make them heard and work collectively towards solving issues. Political representatives are supposed to be accountable. They ought to be accountable. When they fuck up, they ought to leave their seat. (Who said Blagojevich? Who? Did I hear something?)

In short: George W. Bush may have understood that the American population massively supported Barack Obama on November 4th. Will he understand this straightforward display of discontentment towards his foreign policy? I would say, given the man’s awesome reflexes, he’s probably ready to duck the question and answer with another ideology-driven speech on freedom. You go, W. Next time you do something retarded, it’s not about whining and complaining anymore – thanks to the Iraqis, we now all know what to do.

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