Media organs like Vox and the Daily Beast are there to tell you everything a cool Internet reader like you would need to know about the Thai coup. Vox claims to tell you everything you need to know with its cards. In ten cards, they explain the historical problem of coups in Thailand, the problem of a king who has any power, and in a really odd way, never explains the immediate cause: corruption. Thailand has seen its corruption score drop in recent years. The ruling party is a billionaire who used populist slogans to amass enough votes from the illiterate masses to win election after election. With democratic electoral supremacy established through vote buying, leadership has acted in a pocket lining manner (sound familiar?). The Daily Beast tells readers all they need to know without mentioning corruption either; it is just good old fashioned government programs that people are angry about. They even use a Romney citation to describe the regime's opponents.
The Daily Beast article reveals an incredibly smart truth moment about democracy that the writer did not even realize they were unveiling:
The Shinawatras’ enemies maintain that democracy is about governance and conduct as well as winning elections, and they insist that the Shinawatras won by essentially bribing the electorate with promises of “stuff,” in much the same way Mitt Romney accused President Obama of winning reelection.The enemies of the regime's leadership believe that governance and conduct matter!?!?!??!!? It is not just winning elections. All that matters is winning. That is legitimacy. This is the mind of Vox/Daily Beast types. Thaksin and his cronies won an election, let them run all over society and loot. To its credit, the New York Times mentions the corruption issue. Opposed to its coverage of the Tea Party, the UKIP or LePen's rise, the Times approves Thailand's populist movement. The Times mentions the growing problem in Thailand amongst the educated who have "become skeptical of the notion of one person, one vote, which they say hands too much power to uneducated provincial voters who support Mr. Thaksin." Those are dangerous words for print because, God forbid, what one could say of the illiterates' voting preferences in America. Running the voting results of borderline retarded Miami, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Detroit would crush the Democrat margin of victory and lie of the left being the party of smarties.
America's Secretary of State and even the useless UN Secretary-General spoke out against this coup. The coup supporters seem to want a return to voting but with changes. What will they be able to get away with? A limited franchise, voter minimum requirements, maybe an indirect voting system like Argentina's 19th century voto cantado or something else might be in the cards, and if America allows it. Watching geopolitical events of the last year, Thailand's elites should press for all they can to set up a system for stability and their control now, just ask Assad. Maybe the Thai military is talking to the Egyptian military because they have moved off the radar as they kill off anyone they deem a Muslim extremist. Like a mystery film where the thrill is not in finding out the reveal but in wondering how the hero will react to finding out the secret, it would behoove Americans with an eye on America's electoral future to watch what happens in Thailand.