Is Democracy on the ropes? Is a large part of our world choosing military dictatorship, Islamic law, or even anarchy over traditional democracy as a form of government?
A British organization recently surveyed young people in Pakistan about their government preferences. 38% chose Islamic Shariah law. 32% favored military rule. And 29% said democracy.
Where are today’s champions of democracy? Here in Sedgwick County only 6% of the registered voters bothered to cast ballots this week in the local election. SIX PERCENT!
Makes me wonder if voting … the democratic process … is even remotely important to today’s citizen.
Certainly the political side of government is at low tide, thanks to nasty partisanship. Politicians bicker a lot and seem to accomplish little of any importance. Sober, mature, moderate thinkers simply are not electable … or don’t last long if they are elected.
Who is making a good case for democracy?
Surely not the 94% of the Sedgwick County citizens who didn’t bother to vote this week.
Our thought for today is from George Bernard Shaw:
“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”