|Leave it to Tom Toles to always find the funny in fear.|
Democracy places power firmly in the hands of the people, the ideal human political model. That means "one person, one vote", equal representation and open discussion of all pertinent ideas. Politicians love to taut democracy but, given power, drift toward secrecy, which always weakens democracy. Any party that seizes power without public oversight dissolves democracy. It could be said that certain government activities must be carried out in secret, but that can never be done without harming the democratic ideal. We ignore that exchange at our peril.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of governmental parties who can come up with good reasons why their activities should be secret. I could think of a few reasons myself, were I given undue power, why no one should peer under the hood to see what I'm up to. By definition, anything secret is anti-democratic, even in the most "legit" examples, like military secrecy. Every secret reduces the power of the individual citizen, power that can only be won back by war (the Civil War for emancipation) or revolution (the Black Power movement, feminism, the gay rights struggle, etc.), since no one gives up power voluntarily. Our former President Jimmy Carter now says, "we have one of the worst election processes in the world." Creeping toward autocracy is easy: just follow fear. Throwing off its bonds is extremely expensive and takes generations. This is where we are. If we can't talk about it, it shouldn't be happening!