The pretense of democracy, apparently, means that the people will be held accountable for the misdeeds of their politicians.
Individual Greeks didn't approve the myriad waves of debt the Greek government got itself into; Greeks do not approve now, either, and yet the politicians feel it necessary to bow to the EU and not their own people.
I am sure some Greeks did approve of all the spending, especially when times were good and it seemed like free candy, much like it likely was in Detroit, but this is why we shouldn't approve of universal suffrage, and this insane idea that anyone can be a good leader. This isn't an excuse for tyranny, indeed, much to the chagrin to the more myopic libertarians, carefully reducing the number of people who can change things through politics can be a recipe for freedom.
It should never have been, this Greek debt. Sane authorities would never have allowed it, and the insane ones who allowed it have pulled the mask off- they are unaccountable slave owners who have now sold the Greeks to Germany. I wonder how many of them know what they have done, and live elsewhere in Europe, rather than in Greece where the people may have a chance to get their hands on them.
The U.S. has debt too, but also the wars, various and sundry evils new ones of which wend their way into my feed reader everyday. We have, to borrow a phrase from the Chinese, lost the mandate of heaven, if we ever had it. The question is, when the whirlwind comes, who is likely to reap it? Shall it not be similar to Greece, with those of us who simply worked within the system that we had as best as we could, getting the brunt of the punishment, while the ones who caused the mess are free, wealthy, and possibly in other countries, far away from the mess they made.