Democracy Has Turned out to be a Bad Thing for the Arab Spring
Liberal radio talker Randi Rhodes trumpeted on her show that the GOP and Conservative Talk Radio Want to “Piss Away” Arab Democracy. Here are some of her comments:
“You have Republicans who never trusted the people — they don’t like people, they don’t trust people, they trust corporations. You get that, right. They trust money. They trust the Saudis because the Saudis are rich. The Saudis have oil. The Saudis have banking.”
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“They don’t like people. They don’t believe in democracy. They never have, they never will.”
Rhodes is ignorant of America’s founding and the disdain that our founders had for a vox populi, vox dei style democracy where the “voice of the people is the voice of god.” In biblical terms
A few years ago, I wrote the following about the forced Democracy imposed on the Iraqi people in the name of war:
“The talk from both ends of the political spectrum is that democracy’ will cure the ills of Iraq, Iran, and the surrounding Muslim nations. What if the ‘liberated’ people of Iraq, with their newly acquired right to vote, decide that they want a Taliban-style social and political system whose goal is to defeat the infidel West and impose Sharia law on all Muslims? Democracy in the hands of wild-eyed fanatics is perilous. They will use the democratic process to deny the democratic process once they gain power through the democratic process.”
Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying. There are democratic elements in our constitutional system, but these are balanced with courts and elected representatives. Moreover, western-style democratic principles are built on the remnants of a Christian moral order. Self-government under God’s government tempered the potential harmful effects of a pure democracy that could be manipulated by evil men.
Attempts to export our political form without the worldview that gives it its heart will lead to unintended consequences. Democracy in the Mideast will only lead to the imposition of the prevailing worldview which is anti-Christian and anti-Western. There are enough people in the Middle East, influenced by Islamo-fascist terrorists who have their own special kind of death wish, especially since we invaded some of their countries, dropped thousands of bombs, and killed who knows how many civilians, who will want to turn America into a burned out cinder. As the Arab Spring has shown, they love to get the chance to vote in democratic elections so they can see their dream realized. In a perverse sort of way, Dr. Strangelove is their operating model. The Iranian president loves the bomb, and he’s not afraid to use it. He was elected in a democratic election.
Our founders did not have a high opinion of majority-rule democracy, even when the majority of people were self-governing. The Federalist Papers were popular newspaper articles written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay in defense of the ratification of the Constitution. They described democracies as “spectacles of turbulence and contention,” said to be “incompatible with personal security or the rights of property. . . . In general [they] have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
Democracies degenerate into exploitation, because rulers discover that if they promise certain benefits to a majority of voters, they can get those voters to put them in power. The voters realize that with their chosen ruler leading the nation, they can pressure him to vote in their best interests by threatening not to vote for him in the next election. Those seeking power through majority rule always vote for the candidate promising the most benefits.
The results are certain: Western democracies eventually collapse because the public treasury is milked dry due to greater demands by the majority of voters. The minority of wage earners realize that no matter how hard they work, the fruit of their labor will be confiscated to satisfy the demands of the majority. Social chaos is the result with either anarchy or a dictatorship to follow.
Islamic democracy is twisted since there is no place for dissent. You convert and conform. Dissension means reeducation, punishment, or death in the Muslim world. Debate is part of the Christian worldview. So is dissent. While there are certain foundational absolutes, there is still much to argue about in the development and implementation of a biblical worldview. The Bible doesn’t tell us everything even though it is the principial foundation for everything.
Democracy in majority-Muslim countries means that Islam, a merger of mosque and state and certain freedom-inhibited Islamic cultural traditions, means the end of freedom and progress. Islam grows, not through democratic means (genuine persuasion), but by the threat of the sword.