What do Laura Wells, Victoire Ingabire and Bernard Ntaganda have in common? If you guess that they were arrested and prevented from participating in the democratic process, you would be correct.
For Ms. Wells, who is the green party candidate, she was not allowed to participate in the California Governor’s debate. On the other hand, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman had no problems discussing their platforms during the final governor’s debate.
For Ms. Ingabire and Mr. Bernard, who are both leaders of opposition parties, they were arrested because they both “have been critical of the Rwanda government and were prevented from participating in the presidential elections in August.”
In theory, democracy is defined as the following: government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. (Dictionary.com)
In reality, democracy is meant to exclude certain people, groups and ideals, at least according to California and the Rwandan government. I prefer the theory over the reality.