Athenian Democracy in USA

The Father of Democracy, Cleisthenes, was born in 570 B.C. and died in 507 B.C., at the age of 63 – a year younger than me. My Greek heritage keeps me rooted and hopeful that some day America may also enjoy the transparency and flexibility the Athenians enjoyed in regulating their affairs, the people’s affairs – res publica, as the Romans would say.

The cancer they faced was the same one we face: corruption, nepotism, elitism, autocracy, and wars that favored the elite. Conduct your own research on early Athenian democracy and you will discover the fail safe measures introduced by Cleisthenes in the form of a series of reforms that produced for the first time in civilization a government that was of the people, by the people, and for the people. This was a remarkable achievement in a world of kings, pharaohs and tyrants, a world void of computers, satellites or cell phones. If only they had our technology! Then, what could Cleisthenes have accomplished?

What would you have accomplished  for America if you were him? Would you at the very least demand an inquiry into who ordered the mayor of Charlottesville to order a stand down of his police forces? Who is asking these questions? Is the President? Are the pundits? America has its head stuck so far up its wazoo it would think an invasion by a foreign power was a cultural exchange.

Bannon proclaiming the Presidency that was won is over and the new one will be moderated, tells me the bull in the china shop is Trump.