Saturday, October 17, 2015

Democracy
              Democratic systems consisted of an elite class until the most recent two hundred years. Modern democracy has been attained only through suffrage movements. Rule of law, freedom of speech and the press, universal suffrage, and election competition now prevail. Evolving democracies are fragile, owing to economic instability, continuing corruption, elite dominance of politics, and ongoing military interference in civilian affairs. In established democracies, election competition is often between candidate campaign spending, not between candidate qualities and competencies.
              A sound Constitution establishes legitimate, truly representative, meritocratic, term-limited government. It establishes rule of law, which prevents impunity, injustice, and corruption. It protects freedom of individual expression and choice. It empowers an unrestricted media. It protects human, civil, and minority rights. It establishes civilian control of local law enforcement and national defense services, and requires transparency of institutional functions. It protects freedom of opportunity for its citizens to participate in government and civil society. Democracy best serves an informed electorate—informed enough to distinguish more ethical candidates from those promoting special interests. The benevolent democratic system functions cooperatively with citizens in a climate of social, political, and economic opportunity, freedom of expression, and open dialogue at all levels and in all sectors. It provides for human development within and outside its borders.
              If you enjoy these constitutionally protected freedoms, you have opportunities to strive toward your potential. You are free of tyranny and arbitrary rule. You are privileged among peoples of the world.