By Charley Reese
Despite all the blather about democracy, we did not invent it, do not support it and have, during the recent administration, become less democratic than we were before.
We are and always have been too large a country for a true democracy. That’s why the Founding Fathers created a republic. In a true democracy, the people would decide practically all the issues. In a republic, the people delegate that power to elected representatives who serve for a fixed term.
A republic is a good form of government provided the people pay attention, fairly judge the performance of their elected officials and boot ’em out of office when they don’t cut the mustard. It is a good form of government provided the best people, not the worst, offer themselves to serve in public office.
Our government really does not support democracy, except rhetorically. When the Palestinians had a free and fair election and chose Hamas members to man their government, we refused to recognize the new government. Apparently, the Bush administration’s definition of a free election is one that provides the results the president wants.
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