Friday, January 29, 2010

Political Royalty in a Democracy

Political Royalty in a Democracy; South Puget Sound Libertarian

One result of the Amendment was the creation of political dynasties. Senate seats are occupied for decades and a kind of royalty was created, such as the Kennedy lineage in Massachusetts, where a Senate seat is supposed to be passed down from one generation to the next in the same family, an interesting effect of democracy. The latest example of this process was the expected candidacy of VP Joe Biden’s son, Beau. Joe occupied a Senate seat for 36 years (how amazingly dumb are many voters in Delaware). But it’s news that Beau has decided not to run for the Senate, at least right now. This is news only because of the dynasty effect of the Amendment. ...

No comments: