In a Tweet yesterday Stephen King said this:
“Simply put, America is a democracy, not a theocracy.”
I responded to this tweet:
“There are a few Americans who have not gotten this memo. Is there some way you can send this tweet registered?”
I wanted to add that most of the Americans who haven’t gotten this memo are carrying pocket constitutions with them at all times so they can be assholes and spout their vast knowledge upon the sad uninformed lesser Americans.
I wish I had. Because Constitutionalist quibblers have been tweeting stupidity in response ever since.
I totally ignored her.
I ignored this too.
It was only a matter of time until someone mentioned the constitution.
Yeah, you tell me! I feel so schooled and stupid now.
Ouch! I don’t know, isn’t a theocracy where one asshole spends all their time insulting other people on Twitter?
There is nothing more delicious to the human being than to point out how wrong other human beings are. No words sweeter in the mouth than “YOU ARE WRONG”
But then this tweet comes along:
I love Dan. But now I must agonize over whether he is WRONG or not. How can he possibly know if this assertion is true when it is not covered in the constitution of the United States of America? All truths are only verifiable if they can be confirmed in this one document.
Oh hell. I’m wrong about that too. There is one other source of absolute truth against which all purported knowledge can be irrefutably fact checked.
THE HOLY FUCKING BIBLE, BITCHES.
I’m so tired of everyone’s tweets about this (except for Dan’s) that I’m going to respond by reminding all of you that there are general terms for government as well as specific ones.
Most Americans refer to our country as being a democracy. We never say we’re going to bring a “constitutional republic” to the rest of the world. NO ONE FUCKING SAYS THAT SHIT. Not the president, not the conservative politicians with worn out copies of the constitution shoved in their righteous pockets. In popular language we refer to our form of government as being a democracy.
But you all know that. You knew that when you took delicious joy in being specific when you knew Stephen King was using the popular and general term for the kind of government we are supposed to have here.
In the English language (and in many others as well) there are very specific terms for things and then there are popularly used and accepted general terms for things that everyone understands that simplifies discourse with other human beings.
And then there are those people who purposely ignore the commonly accepted terms, (even when accepted and used by scholars, scientists, and the last 10 Presidents of the United States), so that they can dedicate themselves to their true calling in life which is to make everyone wrong.
A democracy in general terms is: Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or indirectly through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws.
This is what we have in the United States.
Lastly, to Catherine. Were you saying I don’t know what Theocracy is specifically compared to, say, an Ecclesiocracy?
When someone says “theocracy” you know very well what they mean.
The danger of nitpicking language is that it can easily betray your own shortcomings in comprehension OR just make you look like an asshole.