Why is it that every time people discuss Thomas Aquinas's, or Aristotle's, or Augustine's, or Plato's ideas of government, it's to gabble on about whether he would or would not have agreed with "democracy." If we like a philosopher, we try to argue that he was a proto-democrat, who would have been up there, signing the Declaration of Independence with his ol' pals, Ben Franklin and Tom Jefferson if he'd only been lucky enough to be born 500 years later. And if we don't like him, we discuss darkly his inability to understand the light we have been granted from on high.
Seriously, can we just agree to look at what principles of government might lie behind any particular form of government, and not keep fetishizing "democracy" as some sort of Platonic Ideal of Government? 'S driving me crazy.