On this date in 2009 Dredd Blog looked at one of the problems of nations that attempt to utilize election systems as one form of allowing the people of a nation to express themselves.
Regular readers know that the Dredd Blog System posts project the notion that "power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely" in the offices of governmental power.
The Mullahs of Iran, the pols of England and America, and those of the other nations, all want us to believe that fantasy.
The recent Iranian elections were seen as pure by both the Mullahs of Iran and the diplomats of Western Cultures.
For historical and review purposes, here is the text of the Dredd Blog Post expressing a contrasting view on this date in 2009:
The Iranian mullahs are demanding that everyone keep the faith baby and realize they would not cheat, being holy men and all.
These leaders demand this trust in them as they use guns, clubs, water cannon, and disrespectful rhetoric on those who are protesting the results of the Iranian election. In other words they cheat as they say they do not cheat. A sure pattern, meme, and characteristic of a neoCon.
Immature democracies and mature despotic regimes call for faith and trust in the government often when their regime is being questioned.
Mature democracies, like the U.S., use the same spirit when they go into decline and want to hide the truth from the people; "state secrets", executive privilege, congressional privilege, and similar notions are advanced as reasons the government should be trusted while the evidence is being hidden from the people.
In our system the people consider that to be a failure when a government has to ask for or demand faith from the people in place of the evidence.
Faith is something for the gods, not government in the hands of mere mortals.
The congress yesterday unanimously impeached a federal judge in Texas for such behaviour, since he had demanded trust while he lied to federal investigators and sexually abused staff members.
Doesn't "we would not cheat" sound like Obama's explanation of the NSA state secrets debacle of recent days?