>Democracy is an essential part of a political system that respects the will of its people, it is a mechanism that injects life into the political system and gives it the chance for renewal and periodic reconstitution based on accountability, in order to reward what is good by keeping it and to replace the bad, or to put who is best in a place where he/she can make a difference. And the goal of all that is to put the wheel of the civilization in motion and to advance while time passes by.
But it’s not true that democracy can be applied everywhere, there are too many cases where democracy cannot be applied, imagine three wolves and two lambs voting for what to eat for dinner, how much democratic is that? Democracy cannot be applied on enemies; it should be applied in a place where members of a same nation are honestly competing for doing what’s best for that particular nation as a whole not what’s best for any of the competing members.
Democracy cannot be applied in Lebanon if it remains the way it is today, not only enemies are competing with each other so that each one achieves its own interests, but the Lebanese people who is the key for democracy, the side that operates the democratic system through voting is not eligible of operating the democratic machine.
The constitutive element of the Lebanese society is not the individual who is free and mature to evaluate, to choose and to vote, it is the religious sect. Masses of people are mobilized by sectarian fanaticism, each mass acts as a single block and tries to do whatever is best to serve its sectarian pride and to acquire and gain as a mass as much as possible. And that’s the only criterion that governs the voting procedure for members of those masses; it is not the concern about the nation as a whole or the concern that if the nation falls down every single individual will fall down with it.
So in this case democracy fails as a mechanism to reconstitute, correct and restore the political system, it is only another mean with which brainwashed sectarian masses fight each other, leading to no result other than more conflicts and a total halt of the advancement of the nation.
Sectarian democracy, even though they try to mask it by the beautiful name of consensual democracy doesn’t have anything to do with democracy. And the name “consensual democracy” by itself is a big mockery because democracy and voting are applied when it is impossible to reach a consensus.
We’ve been applying a so called democracy for more than 60 years now, but my personal opinion is that democracy and voting shouldn’t be applied in Lebanon before the Lebanese as individuals know how to make a difference between what’s right and wrong and before they are mature enough so that they can be given the responsibility of voting to elect. I’m not asking for a dictatorship, but for anything that can educate the Lebanese people and make them wake up from their emotions and sectarian pride, anything that can teach them to stop acting and behaving like sectarian or political herds. They must learn how to break the organic link they have with politico-sectarian leaders, and how to stop reflecting their own image in that kind of leaders and gain back some of their own self confidence and individual national pride, so that when they go to elect they choose what’s best for Lebanon not anything else.