I’ve probably told you this multiple times, but I’ll say it again. Democracy is the best form of government, not because it somehow allows you to choose the best leaders, but because it allows you to get rid of bad leaders. In many ways, benevolent dictatorship is the ideal; but benevolent dictators die, and their crazy son takes over.
As Churchill said:
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.
“All those others” — communism, dictatorship, anarchism — require benevolence on the part of those with power. The only mechanism they admit for the removal of despots is revolution, which usually comes after a long period of oppression, and brings with it bloodshed.
Democracy has this in common with Christianity: it recognises the limits of human benevolence. Democracy is prepared — in a way that other systems of governance are not — for the inevitable: human leaders will screw up. When it is working correctly, it never allows the power of those in government to become stable or assured. The system reserves the right to revoke all power. More than that, it revokes it on a regular basis. You could call it institutionalised revolution.