"Since the French Revolution, a political system has been created to satisfy the restless revolutionary spirit of the people in a more orderly and cost-effective fashion (from the viewpoint of the aristocracy). Democracy, as practiced in the United States, uses a process for the peaceful overthrow of "the king" every four years. Factually, however, the President is not elected by the votes of the popular majority, as the voting population has been educated to believe, but by the Electoral College System.
However, even the Electoral College System has quirks, as noted by John Richard Stephens in his book, "Weird History 101". In the 1824 election, Andrew Jackson received 50,551 more popular votes and 15 more Electoral College votes than his opponent, John Quincy Adams, but Adams won the election. Although Jackson got more electoral votes, it wasn't enough for a majority because the electoral votes were divided amongst several candidates. So the decision went to the House of Representatives who chose Adams as President.
This political process enables peasants to exercise the illusion that they can cast a vote to satiate their revolutionary lust to overthrow the incumbent "king" on a periodic basis. However, the process is set to ensure that the aristocratic vested interests of the great and powerful can conduct business as usual without too much inconvenient disruption from the peasants.
The quality for which they should be remembered is not "greatness". The stench of rotting corpses, trampled in the muddy ruins of painful carnage is their only lasting legacy.
The logic of the mighty-macho-male-muscle-worship was aesthetically glorified by the Greeks in the gymnasium and tempered in the Olympic stadium. It was practiced in battle by Alexander the Great, emulated by the Roman infantry, artfully perfected by Ghengis Khan and contested with tanks in World War II by its modern disciples, Rommel and Patton.
The gory celebrations of slaughter staged by Caesar in the coliseum to amuse the citizens with hordes of gladiators hacking each other to death in hand-to-hand fighting, were inspired by the same mindset that stirred the murderous souls of the Spanish Conquistadors, tramping over the diseased and putrefied bodies of their victims to cart off the gold of devastated empires."
-- Excerpt from THE OZ FACTORS, by Lawrence R. Spencer
hy·poc·ri·sy (hĭ-pŏkˈrĭ-sē) noun pl. hypocrisies (hy·poc·ri·sies)
The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
An act or instance of such falseness.
Origin: from Late Latin hypocrisis, play-acting, pretense
“Hypocrite, n. One who, profession virtues that he does not respect secures the advantage of seeming to be what he despises.” – Ambrose Bierce
“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity” – Andre Gide
“Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing” – Edward Burke
“Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today” – Mahatma Gandhi
“He (Thomas Paine) saw oppression on every hand; injustice everywhere; hypocrisy at the altar; venality on the bench, tyranny on the throne; and with a splendid courage he espoused the cause of the weak against the strong” – Robert Greene Ingersoll
“Woe unto you, scribes and *Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation." - (Matthew 23:14)
*(Note: the word "pharisee" has come into semi-common usage in English to describe a hypocritical and arrogant person who places the letter of the law above its spirit.)