The Problem with Democracy is People
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting
on what to have for dinner.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"
-Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
Indeed, it has been said that
the worst form of government, except for all the others..." -
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form
It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.
Scottish historian Alexander Tytler
After he was defeated for re-election in 1989, New York Mayor Ed Koch was asked if he would ever run for office again. “No,” Koch replied.
“The people have spoken … and they must be
The people of New York voted for Bill DeBlasio. He rescinded stop and frisk and has diverted money that would have gone to new charter schools, to preK instead. According to the New York Post crime increased by 30% shortly after the end of stop n frisk.
The people of Germany voted for Hitler.
Clearly there are problems with Democracy.
An underlying belief of the Bush administration is that spreading democracy throughout the world will bring peace and security to the United States. Here is what columnist Diana West wrote about this in the Washington Times 1/26/2007:
In his State of the Union address this week, President Bush was still chanting the democracy mantra, insisting that "free people are not drawn to violent and malignant ideologies" -- this after a whole lot of free people across the Islamic world have democratically shown themselves to be drawn to just such ideologies. Even so, Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, whom Mr. Bush has tapped to execute his new Iraq strategy, has noted the limited transformative powers of democracy. Addressing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week, the general said, "The elections that gave us such hope actually intensified sectarian divisions in the population at the expense of the sense of the Iraqi identity."
Perhaps free people are not drawn to violent and malignant ideologies if their minds are free. If they have been indoctrinated since childhood to be violent Jihadis than they will be drawn to war. This is what elections in Gaza demonstrated when the population voted for Hamas.
One problem with democracies is that they don't fight when they should and as a result suffer many more casualties. Michael Ledeen said the following at a Frontpage Magazine Symposium
democratic societies don't want to go to war. They have to be pushed over the edge before they actually do such things.
Look at the history of the United States. Look at the 20th century. We were torpedoed into World War I by the Germans on the North Atlantic. We were bombed into World War II by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. There was no chance the United States was going to enter the European war if the Japanese had not bombed us. They saved us. We are most of the time saved by our enemies, not by our own great leaders, not by our own vision and strategic understanding and so forth.
That's the history of the United States, and of all Western democracies. Democracies don't prepare for this kind of crisis.
Not only that but Democracies tend to vote for the candidate that tells the people what they want to hear and that candidate is generally the one who tells them they don't have to fight.
A major problem with Democracies is that the majority votes for politicians who will redistribute the wealth to them. In fact they'll vote for politicians who borrow money to give to them. In the end everyone is poor. That is what is happening in the United States. Perhaps all democracies are doomed because of this although I think there was a time when the majority in the United States were against borrowing. Certainly pro-business Republicans were in office in the past.
Another problem with Democracy is that money buys power. Money pays for ads. I just saw one ad this morning which was full of lies and slander against Mr. Lhota a candidate for mayor of New York. A lot of people tend to believe harsh criticism of other people and many will not realize that the lies are false. Lhota's opponent de Blasio was a radical supporter of the Sandinistas so his strategy is to paint Lhota as radical. The ad accused Republicans of shutting down the government when it was Obama and the democratic leadership in the Senate that shut down the government in response to the Republicans refusing to fund Obamacare.
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