It’s not clear why “dictator” is such a bad word.
Don’t we need leaders who dictate?
US President Joe Biden has described Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “dictator,” claiming that his main political opponent, former President Donald Trump, would “bow down to” him if elected in 2024. The Democrat also touted himself as a defender of US democracy.
Speaking to supporters during a fundraiser at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York City on Monday, Biden said, “I will not side with dictators like Putin. Maybe Trump and his MAGA friends can bow down, but I won’t.”
The incumbent president claimed that “Donald Trump and his MAGA Republicans are determined to destroy American democracy,” whereas he would always “protect and fight” for it.
This recent comment made by the US head of state about President Putin is not the first instance of him referring to another foreign leader as a dictator.
Last March, Biden told attendees of the annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon that the US and its allies were standing together against a “murderous dictator, a pure thug who is waging an immoral war against the people of Ukraine.” A day prior, the US president said he considered Putin a “war criminal.”
Commenting on Biden’s remarks at the time, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told TASS news agency that Moscow deemed “unacceptable and unforgivable such rhetoric from a head of state whose bombs have killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world.”
It’s certainly clear to everyone at this point that democracy has failed. It’s a failed system. It leads to poverty and suffering, as well as very bizarre social outcomes such as marketing homosexuality to small children.
The system of democracy is unworkable, and needs to be replaced with something that is more structured and goal oriented. We need a system that actually acknowledges real world outcomes, instead of imagining utopian visions. If leaders of more structured systems are called “dictators,” then it seems “dictator” is a very good thing.
The fact that democracy leaders feel a need to go around personally insulting the heads of systems that work better than their own is simply further proof of democracy’s downward spiral.