“Kakistocracy,” meaning “government by the least qualified or worse persons,” comes to us from the Greeks. “Kakistos,” meaning “worst, is the superlative form of the adjective, “kakos,” meaning “bad. We credit the Greeks for inventing democracy. We might also give them credit for being able to separate bad government from good.
Greek democracy was not perfect. For example, slaves, women, and children were not enfranchised. Not much different from the USA today. Persons of color and the poor, in particular, are disenfranchised by (usually Republican) governments’ reducing locations for advance voting, limiting advance voting hours to work-days, and making it difficult to obtain official government identification.
When the Soviet Union was breaking up, and then turning itself into the Russian Federation, I joked that “Kakistan” was one of the provinces spun off. “Stan,” in this context of course means “home of the.” Pakistan is the home of the Paks; Afghanistan, of the Afgans. By extension, Kakistan would have been home of Kaka. And of course, we all know that childens’ euphemism for excrement or feces.
Onece, I thought President Obama was responsible for the Balkanization of the United States, for the burgeoning conflict between Blacks and Whites, the quickness of police officers of all races to “shoot first and ask questions later” especially when addressing a Black, and for the strengthening of the Alt-Right.
The election of Trump despite his words and behavior during the campaign and despite any serious plans for the future, the activities of the most radical of his supporters, the actions of Republican-controlled states in limiting and discouraging voting by minorities, Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon (former head of Breitbart) as his chief strategist—all these things tell me I was wrong.
The mindless hatred was there, all along, simmering in the cauldron of ignorance and the cesspit of bigotry throughout the nation, waiting only for a demagogue to be elected President of the US and give it the imprimatur of his office.
I am 72 years old and have been diagnosed with several potentially fatal diseases (other than “old age”). I used to think that the collapse of civilization would not occur until after my death. However, I’m beginning to think that given four years of a Trump administration, the inevitable collapse may occur before my 76th birthday.
By the way, I don’t like Clinton, either, so please don’t brand me a libsymp or a Democrat.
Kakistan is not, after all, a former Soviet territory caught between the European Union and the dictator of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, former KGB Colonel whose power is greater than that wielded even by the Tsars. Kakistan is a soi-disant republic that occupies the center of the North American Continent.
For a treatment of a still-potential apocalyptic dystopian future, please see “Holy Fire,” featured on the home page, and available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.
A tip of the hat to Anu Garg’s “A.Word.Day at Wordsmith.org, for his post on 14 November, and Dan Warner in the Fort Meyers News Press, on 17 January 2016 for keeping the word, “kakistocracy” alive.
We've had as presidents a crook, a cowboy, congenital idiots, and Casanovas. Perhaps it's time for a clown. That's the only reason I can see for supporting Trump. He's a loose cannon which will do unexpected and grievous damage to this country.
Mrs. Clinton showed her arrogance by using a private email server. I'm not nearly as worried about any secrets she may have leaked thereby. Politicians have been leaking secrets as long as there have been politicians and secrets.
The first time I was eligible to vote was 1968. I was in the Strategic Air Command at the time. SAC had been created and its ethos set by a couple of people. General Curtis LeMay I interacted with even though he had retired...he still used SAC's world-wide communications. Colonel Paul Chenchar was my Base Commander, and one of LeMay's right-hand men. I knew him quite well and considered him a mentor.
Anyway, I voted for the Goldwater-LeMay ticket thinking that although Goldwater was a little too far to the right, and LeMay was even farther to the right, they might actually straighten up the country.
The 1972 election (Nixon vs. McGovern) is a pale shadow of the current election. Nixon rose to power through the McCarthy purge, We should have known better. McGovern was an idiot.
1976 saw Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford. Ford, of course, had inherited the presidency when Nixon resigned. Like most vice presidents, he was selected in large part because he didn't have the qualities to "challenge" the president. James Earl Carter, who insisted on being Jimmy, utterly disrespected the presidency when he insisted on carrying his own suitcase into the White House to show he was a "regular guy." His religion was another stumbling block to his thinking.
In 1980, we put a cowboy in office. Ronald Reagan was also a puppet. He was very good at speaking the words his handlers put in his mouth.
By 1984, Reagan had mesmerized the American people to the point that Walter Mondale had no chance whatsoever. And the country was not ready for a female VP.
George Bush was a shoo-in after Walter Mondale stepped on his tongue too many times. I was happy to vote for Bush.
In 1992, H. Ross Perot's independent candidacy cost Bush the election, and the philanderer Bill Clinton was elected. In my opinion, this was the beginning of the end.
Bob Dole had no chance in 1996, even if Perot hadn't tried, again. Dole was too damn old, and looked it. Clinton continued his orgies.
George W took us down farther when he was elected in 2000. Started wars to prove as certain part of his body was bigger than his father's. George W's motto: "You can't be a Commander-in-Chief if you don't have a war." Al Gore also stepped on his tongue a couple of times. I do, however agree with his position that global climate change, spurred by global warming that has resulted from the burning of fossil fuels since the beginning of the industrial revolution is going to continue to create global crises.
In 2004, John Kerry was shot down by some Vietnam Vets. Perhaps there was some truth at the root of their complaint, but they presented it using tools of propaganda, and not tools of logic. George W continued his destruction of the country by his warmongering.
We passed the tipping point sometime after the 2008 election which saw a Senator from Illinois, who had no experience in foreign affairs, receive the Nobel Peace Prize before he had done much of anything. (Wonder what that cost us.) BHO promised change, but never said what the change would be. Highly propagandized campaign. White Liberal Guilt generated more votes than Patriotism and POW could. Not disrespecting McCain, just stating facts.
2012 was another shoo-in. The country wouldn't accept a rich, disconnected Mormon.
Of all presidents since 1972, only one (George Bush the Elder) was Presidential. The others have been crooks, cowboys, congenital idiots, Christians, change-meisters, or Cassanovas. [Please note the alliteration.]
Which brings us to 2016. The two leading candidates incorporate the characteristics of all those C-words listed above. Giving Trump access to the nuclear launch codes is the stuff of nightmares; and, Clinton's private email server is a sign of her arrogance and disrespect for this country.
The country has crossed the tipping point; we are diving down the slope to perdition (secular, of course).
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.