Thursday, January 18, 2018

The system of governance we believe in*


I DO not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.”-Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

 

That was written in the 1800 by a political commentator who is quoted up until today for his acute wisdom and sagacity, and his deep objective understanding of the system known as democracy which seems to be in danger.

I thought about it this weekend as the speculation over who would become our new president hit the press, rum shop limes and family Christmas gatherings, especially when Reggie Dumas, the quite obviously most suitable candidate for his international experience, knowledge, and reputation in diplomacy announced that he had not been asked and was not interested in the position.

 

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