Excellent post at the National Catholic Register website by Pat Archibald:
With dictator after dictator facing early retirement over the last month, we have heard a lot of talk about democracy.
We are told that protesters are seeking democracy. We should support democracy. The people deserve democracy. I say, so what?
What’s so great about democracy?
I think people sometimes mistake the means for the ends. Democracy can be a means toward a larger goal, the securing of individual liberty. But it is no guarantee of the same. Without a culture supporting it, democracy can be just as bad as whatever it replaces.
Democracy in the hands of the Klingons probably still portends bad news for Starfleet, not to mention your average Klingon.
People often misunderstand the greatness of the American experiment. The greatness came not from “one man, one vote.” The greatness of the experiment lay in the concept that democracy is to be used to secure unalienable God-given rights. What good is democracy in a culture in which those concepts are alien?
Democracy is a tool, nothing more. I conceive of it as a loaded gun, used for good or ill. A loaded gun can put food on the table and protect your life and liberty. A loaded gun can also oppress, coerce, and kill. Democracy, like a loaded gun, is a tool that inherits the morality of those who wield it.Read the whole article here.
Our Republic stands or falls on our ability as a nation to uphold sound moral values. The "dictatorship of relativism," as Pope Benedict phrased it, attempts to dismantle moral Truth and eats away at the very foundation of our country. As Catholics (as Christians) we have an obligation to defend objective moral Truth in the public square. Democracy will only be as good or as just as those who participate in its function.