follow good leaders. Good leaders are popular. I don’t know of any great leaders that were not popular. In the USA, politicians understand that. That is why they pay attention to polls. The same holds true for any democracy. Leaders
should do the right thing to be popular or they are ousted from office in the next election.
A case in point is what has happened in Egypt. The Egyptian military has removed President Morsi from office. Yesterday, I wrote in my blog that I hoped the Egyptian military would do the right thing and hold elections. It appears that they will. Morsi’s first clue that he was doing something unpopular was when he ramrodded through an unpopular constitution that was more Islamic than democratic. The people wanted a true democracy. From that point, it was downhill for
Morsi. It was a significant point that the Egyptian military suspended the constitution. If they just removed Morsi, it would be a coup.
The military stepping in to protect the people is an old tradition in many parts of the world. The military takes that role seriously. That is not the tradition in the USA. We believe in the rule of law. Our president is not above the law, and could be arrested for violating the law. Here the military take an oath to uphold the constitution. Apparently, that is not the case in Egypt. Let’s hope for the best. The world could use another democracy.