I’ve been skeptical of democracy since I was a young man. It’s not obviously the best form of government. The best form of government varies by time and place. The best government advances the common good. Democracy can easily devolve into mob rule or, in certain places like Egypt, theocracy. It is far better that a government is limited by laws than that it is particularly democratic. But Americans have long been a little confused on this one, particularly since the exponential expansion of the franchise in the 20th Century. Looking over their own past, they rewrote the genius of their constitution as democracy, when it was as much a government limited by laws and with an admixture of aristocracy and even kingship, which were all in balance with one another. The tragedy that can befall a democracy is illustrated in Egypt today, just as it has been illustrated earlier in places like Haiti or Venezuela. A temporary snapshot of the Egyptian people went all in for the Muslim Brotherhood, which turned out to be as oppresive or worse than its predecesor. Mubarak, corrupt as he was, was at least friendly to the US. So I have to add there is an element of farce in Barack Obama and the powers that be who got all gleeful over the Arab Spring to now be protecting Morsi and his would-be Sharia gang from the same popular protests and lawlessness that led to the fall of Mubarak. We are truly in over our heads in that part of the world, and it’s not clear to me that this is not just “blue on blue” violence between equally oppressive and nasty gangs, like the Hamas Fatah fights we saw for a while in the Palestinian Authority territories. We are best to leave all these creeps alone, but worse than merely trying to pick sides, we are affiliating there–and in Syria and Libya–with the creepiest of them all, the Islamist theocrats.