In Thailand there appears to be a widespread misunderstanding of the concept of representative democracy and how it is supposed to work.
Thailand is not alone in this regard, particularly within Asia. Many aspiring democracies end up becoming elected dictatorships. Policies are tabled by ruling parties to further their goals and most importantly, to appease the public and win re-election.
Even in established democracies, there is recognition that dictatorships can be a real threat to democracy. After Franklin D Roosevelt was elected to four terms in office (dying at the beginning of the fourth), Congress in 1951 passed and all states ratified a two-term limit for future presidents. Prior to that, the two-term limit had been a practice but not embedded in law.
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