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Do Americans deserve democracy? The presidential campaign suggests that we don't.

The Obama and Romney campaigns should nauseate honest, decent citizens. For example, Harry Reid despicably declaimed that Romney hadn't paid any taxes for 10 years. And the Romney campaign, not to be outdone in dishonesty, deceptively edited Obama's words about people creating their own success. Why do they do this? Because research has shown that these types of messages get candidates elected. In other words, it's what we want. We prefer misinformation to the truth, but democracy depends on the idea that an informed citizenry will choose the best options. I say that a misinformed citizenry will choose the worst options. And that obvious leads to the following question: Are we capable of self-rule?


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