"The thought for the day is brought to us by Winston Churchill: ‘Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman.’
According to latest statistics, 33 local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty by gunfire during 2013. While this is indeed tragic, it is the lowest number who have died in that way since 1887. There is no doubt that both tactics and equipment have played a large part in this relatively low number.
On the other hand this story about a 17 year old boy who was shot and killed by police when he answered the door carrying a Wii video game controller caught my eye. How many innocent civilians have been shot & killed by local law enforcement officials recently?"
Churchill was mistaken, and democracy is closer to Bastiat’s observation of government, that it is “...the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."
The unpleasant reality of democracy is that: The majority oppresses the minority via the barrel of a gun and the state monopoly on violence (violence by-proxy).