The following discussion is based on the premise that Democracy, by its very definition, means that the People are the bosses of their leaders… and NEVER vice versa. Via the ballot box, the People are supposed to wield the hiring and firing power over said leaders… HOWEVER…
Let’s explore the wide awake nightmare that could become reality when some low information people get brainwashed into hiring a charismatic entity who harbors materialistic, narcissistic and sadistic tendencies… one who is hell bent on selling out the economy and ecology to the highest (lowlife) bidder?
Let’s say… soon after HIS ascending the throne… HE flat out demands absolute, no questions asked loyalty from everyone HE lords power over? That’s a hell of a lot to expect from folks whose day-to-day lives HE is needlessly and ceaselessly ruining… would you not agree?
Let’s say human nature causes most self-respecting folks to react by instantly going into KMA mode?
Let’s say that HE then overreacts by ordering all such dissidents to shut the F up and apologize? APOLOGIZE? Those, who HE attempts to dominate are supposed to do what? Suck up HIS abuse and say they’re sorry for legally exercising their rights to reject his obnoxious personality and odious ideology?
Let’s say, that the oppressed folks, who, ironically, are HIS bosses, refuse to kiss HIS ass… and HE then decides to punish them mercilessly? To that end HE deploys the troops and rolls out the tanks… commands HIS army to go on a rampage throughout the land… gleefully instructs them to kick down doors and round up every last suspected political dissident?
Let’s say that, sans any due process, HE locks them all up, throws away the key and then tortures them… uh… pardon the “erroneous” terminology… subjects the subjugated to “enhanced interrogation techniques”?
Let’s say… just to further tighten up HIS suffocating chokehold on power… just to muzzle any reporters and bloggers who may’ve slipped through HIS nationwide dragnet… HE decides to hit the “kill switch” to the Internet?
Just how, then, would the oppressed masses ever be able to legally exercise their freedom of speech… their freedom of the press… their right to peaceably assemble and petition their government for a redress of grievances?
Where could the citizenry turn when their best available outlet for presenting the grim facts-of-oppressed-life to their compatriots becomes inaccessible? Uh… that’d be going on the assumption there’d still be enough bold citizens who’d still be willing to actively speak up… or for that matter even passively listen?
At that point, all petitioners would be forced to go underground… and the need for anonymity would be paramount.
Let’s say such surviving dissenters then opt to petition their “government” by using old school printing presses? STRIKE THAT
Not when online newspapers and periodicals have driven much of this equipment into obsolescence and/or oblivion… not when whatever presses may still survive are at the mercy of HIS brown shirted, goon squads with standing orders to demolish this machinery with sledgehammers.
Let’s say whatever dissenters remain then crank up their computers’ laser and inkjet printers? STRIKE THAT
There can be no anonymity when such devices are actually spying on everyone… when each and every page contains difficult to see yellow dot encoding, which deviously reports the printer’s brand, serial number and date of printouts… as well as the owner’s ID, zip code and phone number.
Let’s say dissenters, as a last ditch effort, resort to publishing handwritten newsletters and flyers? STRIKE THAT
HIS handwriting analysts could easily expose and “incriminate” them. Furthermore, sans the ability to easily and anonymously generate multiple thousands of copies, protest movements would quickly languish.
Now… let’s say that the People are too smart to ever hire a leader whose evil intent is to severely betray them?
Uh… too late… better STRIKE THAT too!