Democracy is a necessary evil, because as history has shown repeatedly, power in the hands of one individual only works as long as that same power does not corrupt them. Unfortunately, power does corrupt and history is replete with Caligula's and Hitler's atrocities over and over again. The problem we face now is how to remove the adversarial battles within democracy and yet retain the checks and balances.
Satan is the chief of the evil angels and that name means adversary. He opposes good, and that is a problem when checks and balances in democracy are used to oppose good. That is when we may as well call it demon-cracy. The word devil means slanderer and when government leaders use their positions to slander one another, that is unproductive. It is no longer fighting fair. The ad-hominem attack, attacking the person, is as useless as a three dollar bill unless the person's character is the question. Usually it is not, but some disagreement over economic theory or the application of law.
We are all familiar with the phrase "lord of the flies" coming from the Greek word Beelzebub, but the Jews used another word meaning lord of dung, Beelzebul, and that is often what our politics seems to dish up. Lies and distortions are not the way to govern. We can argue the merits of the Affordable Care Act, but it is not good for the country to argue using lies. For instance, the idea that national health care has failed in every country that uses it is an outright lie. We could learn from other countries instead of lying that they are all a failure. The truth is that there have been some failures and some resounding successes.
Another name for the devil is Belial, meaning a worthless and vile fellow. Our national opinion for generations has been that our elected leaders are just that. The latest debacle does nothing to enhance that opinion. Satan has also been called a murderer and the father of lies. When our government leaders believe that "collateral damage" for unjust wars is acceptable then we have no hope. We need more moral leadership than that.
Lies? When we speak of checks and balances, ought not our news media call out politicians loudly and swiftly every time they lie? Ought not the other side of the aisle do the same? That ought to provide adequate checks and balances, but when we don't live up to our responsibility towards the truth, that is when democracy becomes demon-cracy.