In the United States, our system of government protects us against tyranny. Even the worst possible leaders cannot stay forever – the people would fired them.
Politicians who harm our country can’t stick around forever, thanks to term limits and regular elections.
That’s not the case throughout the world.
The democratic process has been abused by dictatorships in many countries,. They have violated the rights of the people by ruling practically forever. A small group of people have all the power, underming their laws and constitutions.
Many nations have suffered economic, political, and social ruin because of this.
But the good news is, for one nation, that nightmare is close to an end.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has resigned, bringing an end to 37 years of rule and sparking jubilant celebrations in the nation’s streets.
A letter from Mr Mugabe read out by the speaker of parliament said the decision was voluntary and he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power.
The news abruptly halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him.
The ruling Zanu-PF party says former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa will succeed Mr Mugabe, in power since 1980…
Mr Mugabe, 93, was until his resignation the world’s oldest leader. He had previously refused to quit despite last week’s military takeover and days of protests…
He presided over a deepening economic crisis in Zimbabwe, where people are on average 15% poorer now than they were in 1980.
However, Mr Mugabe was not forced out after decades in power by a popular mass movement but rather as a result of political splits within his Zanu-PF party.
The leader of the influential liberation war veterans – former allies of Mr Mugabe – said after the army takeover that Mr Mugabe was a “dictator”, who “as he became old, surrendered his court to a gang of thieves around his wife”.
Rumors abounded that the 93-year-old tyrant was paving the way for his wife to take over the office. Hmm, a corrupt leader swapping roles with his wife? Where have we heard that before?
It’s clear that Mugabe’s wife was influencing the old man for her own gain. If she had taken over, Mugabe would have died (mysteriously) and she would begin her decades-long rule over the nation.
With Mugabe out, perhaps democracy can take over. Zimbabwe can enjoy freedom as its citizen elect the right leaders for its nation.
But notice it took serious intervention—with help from the military—to remove him from power. That’s what happens when you let power-hungry, corrupt politicians into office. They never let go. In fact, we see that kind of thing all the time in America.
Congressional seats have no term limits, after all.