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News Right Now: Democracy in Disarray
Welcome to today's News Right Now Episode- Democracy in Disarray
Following the events of Wednesday January 6, 2021 Police and National Guard officials pledged increased security at most state capitol buildings. Days after the Capitol riot the police department announced "From now through the inauguration we will have a robust presence at Trump-affiliated locations. After the inauguration we will reevaluate our security posture."
The actions of Trump supporters have left a sour taste in the mouth of Americans. The ideas of freedom, rule of law, justice, the American dream... sold and exported to the world, its true nature has been exposed to the very people invested in the lie, the American public. The crumbling structure of a society based on slavery, exploitation and oppression at home and around the world cannot be swept aside. The supporters of Trump are not a few oddballs, but these are a large part of the population who felt the system is going against their values and interests. The FBI, army and law enforcement officers protecting the capitol know that some from their own ranks were involved in the attacks on government buildings earlier in January as has been revealed after the arrests of those involved.
The events of the past few weeks shed light on the immense challenges the Biden administration faces in overcoming the intensely polarized American society. 74m people voted for Trump—the second highest count in the history of the US presidential election—only Biden secured more votes at 81m. Trump maintains approval ratings of 87% amongst Republican voters and 6% amongst Democrats. Additionally, 85% of Republicans believe that the election was stolen and Biden is illegitimate. This is the first time in the history of America that almost 50% of the electorate is opposed to its new President. America is no longer the superpower it once used to be, its demise is being witnessed in politics, democracy and global primacy.
The dramatic assault exposed the false claim of those that advocate Democracy. It has always been asserted that Democracy united nations, Democracy allows peaceful transition of power, it grants rights to all, Democracy protects the minorities, it quells unrest, democracy allows productive debate and it is the pinnacle form of civilization. But the reality is that in the homelands of Democracy, white supremacist backed regimes are assuming power. In the standard bearer of Democracy, America, how many unarmed Afro American citizens are choked to death by police? At the same time the police are shy of halting a vandalizing hoard of violent white supremacists. As for the world’s largest democracy, India, Muslims are systematically persecuted. As for the pioneer of Democracy, France, it cannot even tolerate the veil of a Muslim woman.
The export of democracy to Iraq, as we now know was based on lies of freedom and democracy. The Afghanistan intervention to bestow democracy has proven to be a dollar sucking pit, sacrificing military personnel with nothing to show in return. Libyan and Syrian projects to transition to democracy are failing. America's plan to storm the world with democracy is a failure that can no longer be covered. The transition to democracy is so bloody and awful and then its aftermath is never any better! America will fail and will fall because its basis of democracy is riddled with problems. Democracy, a government of the people, by the people, for the people cannot work. Man is limited and no matter how brilliant he may be or how benevolent, he will naturally be biased.
Democracy’s track record is tried and tested. Democracy enslaves minorities to the desires of the majority, and then systematically oppresses the minorities through the majority. As Democracy progresses, a small elite group captures the resources of the masses, under legal cover. In Democracy, to secure the majority vote, politicians adopt racism or sectarianism to achieve power, they manipulate the fears of the masses to secure votes but never address the failures that have led to societal dissatisfaction. Through Democracy’s foreign policy, colonialism, Western states have exploited the resources of the world, creating a “Third World.” By its very nature democracy carries inequality, racism, poverty and polarisation.
The failure of Democracy is inevitable because it gives sovereignty for legislation to the limited human intellect, although sovereignty for legislation exclusively belongs to Allah (swt). Allah (swt) has revealed a universal Shariah which guards the rights of every human being, and it is irrevocable by human beings, no matter how many the number. The world today is in desperate need of a system of justice, fairness and equity. this is the system of Islam. The Shariah is implemented by the ruling system of Islam, the Khilafah, upon all the citizens, devoid of any racism, sectarianism or nationalism. In the Khilafah, the elected Khaleefah or Caliph takes the Bay’ah from the Ummah for implementing the Shariah of Allah (swt), striving to liberate the whole of humanity from the oppression of man. The Ummah has the right to choose the ruler but no one- even the ruler has the right to legislate. All are invested in the legislation being implemented as an act of obedience to the Creator and not for personal benefit or gain.
(وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلٌ فَإِذَا جَاءَ أَجَلُهُمْ لَا يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ سَاعَةً وَلَا يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ)
“And for every nation is a [specified] term. So when their time has come, they will not remain behind an hour, nor will they precede [it].”[Al-A’raaf, 7:34]
This is a lesson for us, that the tide can turn and the ability for the American democratic system to save itself is getting less and less as time passes.
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