The hypocrisy of democracy

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” Abraham Lincoln.

What’s the point. They’re impeaching Donald Trump. In the house, they require a simple majority to impeach, and the Democrats are in the majority, so the house will rule in favor of impeachment. The hearing will be in the Senate. It requires a two thirds majority for Trump to be found guilty. The Republicans are the majority in the senate. The senate won’t impeach Trump.

Democracy has become reality TV, Trump’s speciality.

What is the point of the spending weeks of enquiry with witnesses and lawyers and politicians? They all hear the same thing, and then give completely opposite interpretations. They’ll repeating it all again in the Senate, and then rule along partisan lines. This is not justice.

The presidential election in Afghanistan is worse.

For almost twenty years we have been selling democracy to the people of Afghanistan. We created a mess. The dispute in Afghanistan’s 2014 Presidential was settled diplomatically.

The vote did not count.

To start with, Afghanistan has never had a reliable voters register. In 2014 there were 20,845,988 voters on the register and with a voting age population (VAP) of 16,208,255, almost 30% of the voters register was a fiction.

Now, the new biometrics voters register contains 9,665,777 voters, less than 60% of the 2014’s VAP.

Only 1,929,333 voters turned out to vote in 2019, reduced to 1,843,107 by the fatally flawed biometric system. That’s 11.4% of the 2014 VAP.

How can 6% of the voting age population decide the country’s President?

And the farce continues. There are 300,000 votes that the candidates are contesting should be excluded. Of these, 137,630 are votes that the biometrics had initially declared as being duplicated votes. After further investigation Dermalog, the biometrics supplier, declared that the facial recognition technology had incorrectly identified the 137,630 as duplicates. There are another 102,012 votes that are shown as being cast out of the voting times. The IEC has declared that the votes will not be excluded as the error was incorrect times on the biometric voting machine. You have a machine that can perform facial recognition, but can’t check the time! Or perhaps it checks the time as well as it performs facial recognition.

The other 70,000 are votes where the equipment has declared the photographs are invalid. So we have equipment that does not check the quality of the photograph (or the time) that excludes votes using using fingerprints and facial recognition, so jeopardizing the legitimacy of the election.

The political compromise in 2014 produced a government, but not a government with legitimacy or that worked. Afghanistan is heading for another compromise. And another government that lacks legitimacy.

Democracy is no longer about the people having a say, it’s pretending that they do.