Originally Posted by tredadda
One thing to realize from your post is that our population was far more conditioned for the constitutional republic than those in the Middle East. We were founded and settled primarily by those from England who has had a representative government as per the Magna Carta signed in 1215. This restricted the power of the monarch. Granted there were times when English monarchs had more power than at other times, but he never had absolute power like the Shahs and Caliphs of the Middle East. These situations are totally different.
Interesting observations -- thanks.
I'll say that even for a people who were more conditioned towards democracy such as ourselves, the transition to a functional, acceptable democracy has taken decades, and in some ways centuries.
My point stands, pretty much. A transition to democracy is ugly, but in the long run, everybody wins.