War and bloodshed are no guarantee of freedom. Change of heart and mind guarantees freedom. For 9 years, at back-breaking expense, America exports democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Middle Eastern government failures are political, not military. Autocratic governments are corrupt and have no credibility with the citizenry or the world community.
The primary purpose of democracy is disbursement of power. Disbursed power better integrates/governs society under a set of acceptable rules. Finding the right set of rules requires heavy input from all factions of society. The primary source of this input, in a democratic system, is the congressperson. Democracy is an experiment in political power disbursement.
Democratic governance is measured by the ratio of citizens per congressperson. More citizens per congressperson is less governance. Less citizens per congressperson is greater governance. Example: US, 1776, 26,666 citizens per congressperson. US, 2010, 573,831 citizens per congressperson. End hypothesis.
The Afghan government must be reformed and reorganized, again. This requires two major reforms to the current Afghan constitution.
Executive branch is to consist of 7 elected presidents, a majority vote required to initiate any executive policy action. Keep Karzai and add 6 more.
The 352 Afghan assembly seats are increased to 1055 seats. This is one seat per 26,682 Afghans (population 28150000/1055). Keep the 352 and add 703 more. 26,600 citizens per congressperson is the representation ratio of the American revolution and the first congress. This ratio works. Why not in Afghanistan?
The executive branch is expanded to mitigate corruption and provide greater popular representation.
The assembly is expanded to increase popular representation throughout the country. This increases Afghan government popular legitimacy, participation, and mitigates corruption.
Success is slow, elusive, and tedious in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The current governance ratio may be wrong for the history and region. 1776 was a period of revolution and instability in the US. Greater governance (fewer citizens per congressperson, 1/26,666) existed and was necessary for success.
Like the US in 1776, Iraq and Afghanistan may require more governance during their revolutionary period. Iraq and Afghanistan may require fewer citizens per congressperson. This is initiated by adding more congresspersons to both governments.
There is no shortage of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. There is a shortage of governance, presidents and congresspersons. Under this hypothesis, doubling, tripling, or quadrupling congressional membership and expanding the executive to 3,5,7, or 9 presidents brings more stability to the Iran and Afghanistan democracies. Super governance worked for America in 1776. Why not in Afghanistan or Iraq?
When America exports democracy, it must be in form that fits the nation. Failure is assured if the fit is wrong. No amount of military input can establish a foundation of governance. Emerging democratic governments require greater citizen empowerment, participation, and legitimacy to provide stable government and governance.
Nation building is new to America. America must also learn, adjust, and get it right. 21st century democratic governance is possible in emerging nations with the right configuration of democratic institutions. Multiple tries are warranted as failure is not an option.
Bad service requires more waiters. Fires everywhere requires more fighters. Crime requires more police. Elected oligarchy requires more congresspersons. Elected monarchy requires more presidents. America lacks governance? Keep the congress and add 11k more. Keep the president and add 8 more. Democracy disperses power. Autocracy consolidates power. Step it up, America. Be proactive. Check out plan-b.
Citizen is coach to team democracy. Coach is responsible for success. It’s your call, coach.
Seeking presidential candidate (for one of 9 elected executive branch presidents) 2016