Waking Ideas Publishing - Politics & Economics
Written By Danny Nicolas
In an article titled, History, How Soon We Forget, Hank Foresman writes,
Despite what Paul Wolfowitz and other might think democracy did not spring forth from the James River in 1619; in fact what passed as representative government in 1619 in Jamestown probably would not pass muster of the Supreme Court. Nor did parliamentary democracy spring forth from the field of Runnymede in 1215.
What we view as democracy is not really democracy by definition rather we are a representative republic. The United Kingdom is a parliamentary monarchy, in which the citizens elect Members of Parliament to represent them at Westminster. What we call democracy today has developed and evolved over four centuries in the United States and over almost nine centuries in the United Kingdom.
Our democratic institutions reflect our Western and Christian heritage. They reflect the changing mores of our societies and our citizens.
Iraq is a different country, it has been shaped by a different history, it reflects the mores of the Arab culture and the influence of Islam.
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