Dennis Taylor, a Republican candidate for Kansas Secretary of State, taught Western-style democracy skills to local leaders in several Eastern European countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Even though a lot of the people didnt care for communism, when you spend 40, 50, 60 years under a system, your natural tendency is to say, Now Im in charge, so I get to do what has been done to me in the past, Taylor said. We had to give them an appreciation of how you can benefit from listening to people and not just telling them what to do.
The experience taught him a greater appreciation for the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship. When it comes to voting, the rules should be clear. The results should be trusted.