Democracies are not always democratic

“If you look for international parallels from last year, when Vice President Mike Pence refused to succumb to pressure from President Donald Trump to help undo their electoral defeat, something quickly becomes clear.” New York Times reports.

“Such crises, with the fate of democracy left to a handful of officials, are rarely resolved on legal or constitutional grounds alone, even if they can later be cited as an excuse.

“Rather, their outcome is usually determined by political elites, who form a rapid critical mass in favor of a single outcome. And these officials are left to follow any motivation – principle, guerrilla antipathy, self-interest – to move them. “

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