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.