SOURCE: Vision Productions

June 25, 2008 03:23 ET

Democratic Electoral Process Fails to Unseat Human Vanity

In the Vision.org Article The Will of the People, Brian Orchard Explores the Question of Democratic Rule and the Faltering Nature of the Human Will

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - Winston Churchill's much quoted saying concerning democracy as the worst form of government except for all the other forms, was trumped recently by Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. In a widely reported statement, Mugabe claimed that the election process would never remove him from the Presidency. "Only God who appointed me will remove me, not the MDC, not the British."

Ultimately, Mugabe may be correct. While the President may be implying that only death will remove him from office, a broader question for all democracies remains. Does God show his will through the will of the people?

In the Vision.org article The Will of the People, Brian Orchard explores the question of democratic rule and the faltering nature of the human will.

"Some describe the time we live in as the democratic age," Orchard writes. "They point out that through the evolution of government and the rise of democratic principles in politics and institutions, the world stands at the brink of a positive era."

Is it only the prideful stubbornness of despots that derails the democratic quest? The Will of the People digs deeper into the moral and ethical weaknesses that are found at both the core of human government and the human heart itself.

"Laws developed within the democratic state are made by man, based on what he decides is right or wrong," Orchard continues. "And we all know that there are many divergent views regarding moral and ethical values. The best the state can do is to create laws that are agreed upon by a majority of the people."

Even an elected government can do little more than referee the competition of ideas between opposing opinions. The Will of the People seeks the source of such divergent opinions and a solution that could bring all parties together.

"Without a firm moral and ethical basis for the formulation of these laws, they will rest on the vagaries of the human mind deciding for itself the basis for law," writes Orchard.

The woes brought upon nations through despots, whether elected or self-appointed through dictatorial coups, notwithstanding, the dream of governments "of, for, and by the people" seems to remain just beyond human fingertips.

Democracy and governments sustained by the will of the people are clearly attractive concepts in a world where so much abuse of governmental power is evident. The source of that abuse is explained in the Vision.org article, The Will of the People.

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