Bush Presidency is “the Least Democratic in the Modern History of the Presidency”

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That sounds like typical partisan screed, but Jonathan Chait does an amazing — almost bulletproof — job backing it up with concrete examples and logical argument. He takes various definitions of "democracy" — including one supplied by GWB himself — and shows that the Bush Administration is more undemocratic than any other administration in recent memory.

The reason the article is both damning and intriguing is because it relies little on one’s political views (conservative vs. progressive). Instead, Chait offers a harsh criticism of the Bush Administration’s process: a process intentionally and systematically mired in secrecy, misdirection and manipulation — three things which confound and frustrate bedrock democratic principles.

Recommended reading.