Tuesday, June 12, 2007

How... Undemocratic

Not to say that the article doesn't make a lot of valid points, but this Washington Post editorial on Thailand's post-military political situation makes an interesting statement about democracy:
Others may vent their disapproval of the military by voting against the constitution, which is being written by yet another unelected body. There may be good reason to do so: The draft charter includes a number of undemocratic provisions, including one that mandates a Senate not chosen by popular election.
Is it that hard to come up with a democracy which has drafted a Constitution based upon the work of an unelected body, and did not provide for popular election of senators? Or a democracy that currently has an unelected senate?

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