If we don't have a Democracy in America why are we always try to impose it on other countries? That position is at the core of the JBS faithful and just doesn't jive w/ reality.
democracy is one man, one vote. it is what many countries, when they look for "freedom" attempt to institute. what i leads to is repression of all minority opinions. we are probably going to see examples of this in the "Arab Spring" countries.
we have a representative republic. the founders were particularly interested in each state functioning independently, with representation to the federal government. this gave the states latitude to develop in the best interest of their area and their people, with the federal government taking care of big things like treaty, trade, and defense. it gave people choices about the kind of government with witch they wanted to live, within certain guarantees of the Constitution.
JBS? john birtch society? are they still around? i am not a fan of "spreading freedom", but i do think it should be supported.
a few years ago, the Iranian students looked like they were ready to take on their government. in that case, it would have taken little effort to support them and no harm could have been done no matter how it turned out.
instead, we support the overthrow of governments that are not harming us, are, in fact, more or less friendly, and in the end, help throw a whole region into chaos.....and probably into what the Muslim Brotherhood has always wanted for the area....Islamist governments with a hatred for all things not Islam.....and the weapons to prove it.