THE TYRANNY OF CONTEMPORARY DEMOCRACY

I stated in a post, yesterday, that the new Islamic democracies are, more likely than not, doomed to failure. But it is not only in Islamic countries that democracy is being perverted into something much less than true democracy. It is happening throughout the world, most especially in the USA, and because of exactly the same reason, namely that most people believe that democracy is about the majority ruling it over the minority. In other words, you vote "yes" or "no" and one side wins and one side loses. But that was not the original definition of democracy. Okay, there are elections and one party gains more votes than the other(s). But a democratic state always consists of 100% of its population. After an election it does not consist only of the 51%, or whatever, who won the election. It is always the duty of the majority to make sure that they do not alienated, ignore or abuse the minority. So, even if you voted for "yes" and the "ayes have it" that does not mean that "yes" has to happen without compromise and alteration, and if it does then it must not be put into effect triumphantly without any consideration for the losers.

So Jesus called them and said to them, "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."

It is a major modern irony that it is so-called Bible-based Christians in the old democracies who are insisting on the absolute rule of the majority over the minority, who are lording it over those without power. My greatest fear is that instead of the citizens in the new Islamic democracies aspiring to become true democrats always mindful of the other, what will actually happen is that the citizens of the older democracies will adopt the "no compromise" ideology of the burgeoning elected theocracies and the "other" will end up completely excluded from the political process. This, of course, will lead to civil war and bloodshed.

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THE TYRANNY OF CONTEMPORARY DEMOCRACY — 9 Comments

  1. But…and I keep saying this…the US is NOT a democracy. It is a Constitutional republic. If people would just understand this fact about the US to begin with, a lot of confusion about how things are supposed to work around here would be eliminated.

    • Um, and that Constitution says we’re a representative democracy. It’s not an Either/Or.

  2. This is very well written. A short observation about American theocrats. They are loosing. Mr. Obama will win the election, and I think carry enough of the Senate and House to actually be able to get something done.

    My expectation is that we are about to enter a period of instability that will either lead to the exclusion of the theocrats from the Republican party or its demise. We go through this from time to time. The Democrats got rid of its Marxist left wing extremists in the 1940’s and its war party in the 1960’s, and the Republicans arose from the dissolution of the Whigs, electing their first presidential winner, Abraham Lincoln in a major success for a new party.

    One American gets your point well. On the night he was elected, Mr. Obama said referring to those who voted against him, “I will be your president too.” And he has tried to honor that statement in the face of utterly undemocratic opposition from the Congressional Republicans.

    FWIW
    jimB

  3. they just passed a law in calif making it illegal for parents to put kids into a program that helps them overcome homosexual tendencies, even though there are legions of people who claim to have benefited from such programs. The tyranny of the tolerant.

    • It such as shame that there weren’t similar programmes for bigoted, small minded, boring twats when you was a kid, troll. Then the rest of us wouldn’t have to put up with the tyranny of the repetitive dickhead.

    • “legions of people who claim to have benefited from such programs”

      The legions in your head.

  4. The Constitution is meant to prevent the tyranny of the majority from oppressing the rights of unpopular minorities. It’s why we didn’t put desegregation inthe South up to a popular vote (hint: Jim Crow would have won.) It is why minorities consent to be governed. It’sa very important document, but sadly too few people have read it.