I figured that Democracy would be a good topic of discussion, with the presidential election going on (atleast for those of us that live in the U.S.). Personaly, I have become really jaded with the democratic process. I think it can only be successful if the people act as constant government watchdogs, but it seems like they couldn't care less about their elected leaders most of the time. I always hear people complaining about the government, but yet they seem to elect the same group of people back into power. Also, the masses seem to be able to get conned easily at times. All a politician has to do is give a good speech and look like they are an average joe; the people will elect them. And it doesn't hurt to say that you have a connection to god, for getting votes in rural areas. It seems to take forever to get things done, because the leaders are more worried about their image than anything else, and they won't even touch something that is controversial doing an election season. The people never look at voting records and never seem to double check what the leaders say in speeches. Hell, all that seems to matter most of the time is what party the person is in. (Disclaimer: I can't say this about all democracies, its just what I have observed here in the U.S.) At this point, as long as there was a constitution that said what the government was and wasn't allowed to do (and it was actually followed), I would be fine with having a monarch or emperor in charge. Atleast they wouldn't have to pander to the masses and special interest groups all the time. So, what do you guys think about democracy? I ask that people respond in a civil manner to each other in this thread, so it doesn't get locked. Thank you.