Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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There's More to Democracy...

... than just the Presidential race. This article explains why too tight a focus on Presidential issues is dangerous:

The Conquest by Presidentialism
Thursday 21 August 2008 by: David Sirota, Truthdig
You have to hand it to John McCain—his campaign ads are (inadvertently) the most incisive commentary on the death of Jeffersonian democracy ever broadcast. Superficially, they lambaste Barack Obama’s worshipful crowds and messianic promises that a heavenly "light will shine down" on his candidacy. But what the ads really lampoon is what Vanderbilt professor Dana Nelson calls presidentialism: our paternalistic view that presidents are godlike saviors—and therefore democracy’s only important figures.
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