Democracy Isn’t Magic

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Of course al-Maliki doesn’t want to surrender power. No executive does.

Can you imagine if John Adams or Alexander Hamilton had been our first president? We under appreciate George Washington. He decided eight years was good enough for any chief executive.

Democracy is not some magic system which automatically makes folks better. In fact, it’s based on the assumption that people are base. “One man: one vote” means no one was appointed by God or guns or gold to be better than everyone else. But all of us secretly think we’re better than everyone else. That’s why we now limit our President’s tenure.

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It’s taken us over two hundred years to get it right and guess what? We’re not close to perfection.

“Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.” Winston Churchill


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