There once was a group of people who had fought against a totalitarian regime and really wanted free democratic elections. And their dream came true. Totalitarianism fell. Elections were declared. Victory! Joy!
But as tends to happen with free elections, it soon became clear that the results weren’t going to be what the Democrats (which is what they called themselves) wanted. Catastrophe! What if the winners – bad, bad guys! – were going to subvert democracy? Democracy in danger!
So it made sense to falsify the election, just this once and only to save democracy. It was such a good cause! And it’s so easy to convince yourself that the actions you are dying to take are morally justified.
We all know how the story ends. The country where those Democrats lived hasn’t had free elections in the 30 years since.
This is an old story and I told it before. What I don’t get is why anybody would think it can’t happen here. Human nature is such that people don’t need a reason to be corrupt. They need a reason not to. There’s no reason other than a belief in American exceptionalism to doubt that people can easily convince themselves to cheat “just this once to save democracy in the extraordinary times we are living with lives at stake.”