On The Rule of Law in a Democracy

August 31, 2007 at 8:00 pm | Posted in American politics, Democracy | Leave a comment

Steve Clemons writes:

The norms of a nation aren’t really “knowable” unless observed under stress. Our recent history has tarnished our ability to motivate and animate others on everything from human rights to transparent and just government.
It’s easy to be for the rights of victims when there is no crime to consider. It’s easy to wax on about democracy, the rights of minorities, and checks and balances in government — but unless America itself demonstrates these when shocked and challenged, then the rest of the world won’t believe them when we are out “promoting democracy”.

Well said.

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