Democracy: Government by “now it is our turn”

This recent Understanding Our Divisions post by George Will was very thought provoking.  The part that caught my attention was his focus on the word democracy. Democracy is rule by the people.   But instead of focusing on the word people, focus instead on the first part.   Saying we have a democracy is saying…

Preventing solutions: the American Way

I continue to recollect how I felt about the opportunities leading up to the 2008 election.   It was probably fantasy on my part, but I felt it was possible to come together to make hard decisions about the unsustainable obligated spending programs of Social Security and Medical-Benefit programs.   It was an opportunity to…

Achilles Heel of Democracies

I continue to follow the unfolding drama of Venezuela and Ukraine.  They have reached an unfortunate stage where there doesn’t seem to be any kind of deliberative solution.  In each case, some side needs to establish some calm and normalcy so that a peaceful economy can resume and allow for the return of more democratic government in the more distant future. On an…

Veto by minority

I am no scholar of government or of the US government in particular.  My understanding is very basic and mostly what I learned several decades ago.  But I am thinking about our government in context to government-destabilizing protests in Ukraine and Venezuela (with more interest on Venezuela that is getting virtually no attention compared to…

Consent to a democracy

Countries with democratic governments and win popular elections can experience uprisings to challenge that government as currently occurring in Ukraine and Venezuela.   These uprisings are significant to make convincing news coverage: clearly a lot of people are upset and even supportive of a some form of change.  It is not clear that these groups…