Messiness envied the world over

New York Times 05.11.2020:

“Democracy’s sometimes messy,” said Mr. Biden, who remained ahead in Arizona on Thursday night but lost some ground there. “It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that’s been the envy of the world.”

Donald Rumsfeld, 2005 Washington Conference on the Americas:

Now, where’s it going to end up?  It’s going to end up with, in my view, it’ll be a bumpy road, it’s not going to be smooth, but we’ll end up with a constitution being drafted sometime in the next period of months.  There will be an election on that constitution towards the end of the year.  There will be election for president and prime minister and parliament under that new constitution at the end of the year.  And that country will be on a path towards a democratic system.

People say, “Oh, they’re not ready for democracy.”  Well, you know, nobody’s ready for democracy.  It’s kind of a messy business.  It’s not perfect.  It’s not as efficient as a dictatorship.

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