“It was a fair vote. They may not like the outcome but nobody’s saying that the vote was tainted. Maybe by the misinformation ahead of it … but the actual voting process…”
If there is something to be learned from the current debacle is that democracy is about way more than honestly counting the votes.
In fact, if we resume ourselves to that, we’ll end up tied down in a cage known as ‘mob rule’. Who ever succeeds to stir up more efficiently the public sentiment will rule the day and ‘apres nous, le deluge‘.
In order for the democratic process to be efficient – actually democratic, that is – the electorate must have at its disposal all the pertinent information that is available at that moment. If the electorate doesn’t really care and doesn’t mind that information… that’s it. But the information has to be readily available.
And there’s the catch.
If those ‘in charge’ use the media to spur up public sentiment instead of honestly informing the people about the situation at hand then we’ll have a beauty pageant instead of a democratic election. Or referendum.
What we really need to remember, fast, is that for a democracy to maintain its function – weed up the really bad leaders/ideas proposed in the public square – we need to add two things to ‘honestly counting the votes’.
‘Mutual respect’ among all members of a given society and a keen enough interest of a majority of the members of that society in the well being of their community.
‘Democracy’ won’t work properly unless the voters respect each-others, and the government they had, themselves, elected. Simultaneously the government has to treat ‘the people’ with utmost respect, not as if they were hapless children in dire need of close guidance.
At the same time no democracy ever successfully maintained its character unless the ‘leaders’ were constantly remembered of their ‘mortal’ status.
“And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”” Genesis, 3:22
The point being that those who think they can make the difference between good and evil need their feet constantly brought back to the Earth.
In Heaven it was God who did that. Here on Earth God works through the hands of Man. Hence we have to take good care of our own fate.
We won’t be able to do that efficiently unless we start respecting each-others, and each-others’ opinions – because none of us will ever be able to know the entire truth so we’ll be better off collectively if we share our knowledge.
For the very same reason – no one can master all the information that floats around us – all those who try to grab too much power must be treated with ‘extreme caution’. Again, this can be done more efficiently in a collaborative, and respectful, manner.
That’s why I’m convinced that the EU needs to be remodeled, not bulldozed.