By Gary M. Galles, California Political Review
In America, among the most common words used to justify policies are democracy or democratic. “Democratic” is frequently thrown in as an adjective whenever something is considered good politically (e.g., “our democratic way of life”), and “undemocratic” is inserted for things being condemned. How many times it has been invoked in discussions of the upheaval in Egypt is a good example.
Americans are told we must fight for democracy around the world. Leading up to elections, politicians extol the democratically-expressed wisdom of the electorate (that those elected often overturn). We are told that the American Revolution was for democracy; that people died (and are still dying) for our democratic right to vote; that each vote was crucial; that if you don’t vote, you don’t care about America; etc. We even hear proposals to replace the Electoral College because it isn’t democratic enough. Continue reading