How would a benevolent dictatorship look, and do you think it would be more beneficial than a functioning democracy?
My ideal political structure would resemble a pre-George III* Great Britain, featuring a hereditary (or at least lifetime) monarch with real executive power, and a subordinate Senate or Parliament, the upper chamber of which features an intellectual (rather than a hereditary) aristocracy politically immune to immediate popular opinion, with the lower chamber consisting of popularly elected representatives, serving as trustees, rather than mere delegates. A series of intellectually rigorous tests would precede anyone’s entrance into the civil service, with the hope of making it prestigious and desirable.
Ideally, I would want a Platonic Philosopher-King or a Confucian Sage-Prince to hold all the power, but history produces but few examples of that ever going well. For America, the easiest solution would be to repeal the 17th and 22nd amendments, and amend Article II, thereby granting lifetime office to the President (Hamilton’s dream) and eliminating the direct election of Senators. That, plus severe, punitive restrictions on lobbying and campaign finance + the prestigious civil service idea and we would be in much better shape.
*(By denying the wishes of the American Colonists to intervene on behalf of their interests against an overreaching Parliament and opting instead to support Parliament’s prerogative to tax its subjects, KG3 effectively (thought not officially) submitted the Monarchy to the power of the Government, and it has never recovered its full authority.)
I can’t stop laughing over the racist neckbeards on the Marvel Facebook page upset about a completely innocuous illustration of Miss Marvel urging people to vote as being too politically biased towards Hillary (it doesn’t say anything about who to vote for, but apparently a Muslim superhero talking about the election is too much).
And the fuckboys in the comments trying to argue that freaking Steve Rogers would be an enthusiastic Donald Trump supporter. I’m fairly certain they’ve either never read a Captain America comic or watched one of the films, or they’re just misinterpreting the character to a BAFFLING degree.
Context: I grew up in a family of nerds, and superheroes were always a really big part of my childhood. Captain America was a favorite, and he kind of became my family’s standard for good behavior and just generally being a Nice Person. (If one of the kids started a fight they’d get hit with, “What would Captain America think of how you’re acting?”, stuff like that.)
So when I got to high school and started dating, my mom told me something that sounds funny but in retrospect actually turned out to be really good advice:
“Date someone who treats you the way Captain America would. Never settle for less.”
And this has actually helped me so much in my dating life, through high school and into my adult years, because even if it’s a little silly, it’s been really helpful to have that standard in the back of my mind when I’m first going into a relationship.
Would Captain America ignore my calls? Would Captain America forget my birthday? Would Captain America get mad at me for cancelling a date because a family emergency came up? If the answer is no, then I know that the person I’m currently dating does not meet my standards, and that I need to break things off before they get too serious.
And your standard absolutely does not have to be Captain America, specifically. It can be any person, male or female, real or fictional, who is known for being respectful and considerate. It can even be an imaginary “soulmate” that you make up yourself. The point is to have a specific idea of how you expect to be treated by your romantic partners, and to refuse to compromise or settle for less. (Just make sure you’re holding yourself to the same standards – you can’t expect to date superheroes if you’re going to treat your partners the way a supervillain would.) This is a really good way to keep yourself from falling into bad relationships where you aren’t treated with the respect and care you deserve.
TL;DR: You deserve to date people who are respectful and considerate of you. You deserve a Captain America. Don’t settle for less.