What the United States should support in Egypt is not “democracy,” but an open, liberal, tolerant society. Democracy, manifested as free elections, may be the ideal political mechanism, but the ultimate goal is liberty.
Adolf Hitler in Germany, Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and Mohammed Morsi in Egypt were all elected by the people. But this did not produce open, liberal societies.
What makes American democracy work is not the mechanism of majority rule, but the protection of the minority by the Bill of Rights. It is this respect for all citizens, whether conferred by an enlightened constitution or by an enlightened monarch that makes a society liberal.
Stanley Spatz, Hollywood