A few weeks back, discussing Afghanistan�s first democratic election in its history, I trotted out a favorite quote from Churchill. In honor of today�s election at home, it seems appropriate to bring it out again:
At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper.
For the slightly more cynical, here is another:
Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.
I believe that America is the greatest country in the world, not because Americans are inherently any better than others, but because we were blessed with the very best constitutional foundation in the world. Today, from Afghanistan to Indonesia to Ukraine to Iraq, democracy is, with our help, increasingly on the rise and the sphere of representative governments continues to expand every year. We should be thankful to live in a country that not just practices democracy, but is willing to sacrifice to promote and defend it.
Whatever the outcome of today�s election, I sincerely hope that never changes.