Forbes: Thailand’s Political Dysfunction Trumps U.S. Federalist Funk

Thailand’s Political Dysfunction Trumps U.S. Federalist Funk – Forbes, November 6, 2013
[Thanks to Tom for Pointing this out.]
…It’s clear that Thaksin and Yingluck can deliver a plurality at the polls. They have done it repeatedly since 2001. Their opponents must accept this fact. But an electoral mandate isn’t a right to govern unfettered. Back in 2006, when Thaksin faced mass protests against the sale of his family-owned telecoms company to Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, he pulled the same trick. He won the election, but Thailand faced a deadlock and the military stepped in. This is a poor substitute for legitimate checks on elected officials. Perhaps the only thing worse than too many democratic checks are no checks at all.

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