Accepting democracy |

Accepting democracy

For anybody who believes, as I do, that democracy is potentially a desirable form of government, it is cheering to look south in our hemisphere lately. Popular vote has been toppling corrupt governments, governments long controlled by foreign corporate interests, and replacing them with some inspiring leaders. We should rejoice for the people of Brazil (Lula), Bolivia (Mendoza), Venezuela (Hugo Chavez – imagine a president who has encouraged his indigenous people to help rewrite their constitution!), Chile (Bachelet), and hope for Ecuador.

Now if we as a country can only grit our teeth and accept a process we pay loud lip service to and simply butt out, their democracies may flourish. Mistakes may be made, we have made our share, but we must not interfere as we did in Chile (Allende) and Haiti (Aristide). If we must be paternal, let’s applaud, encourage and help.

However, given our historical record, I worry.

John Barrow

Grass Valley

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