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Ever since the French historian Alexis de Tocqueville reported his findings of a post-revolution America, citizens throughout the world have sought to rid itself of monarchies and institute "democracy". Power to the people!
Well, it's not so easy. Discriminatory voting restrictions and the need for obscene levels of money to campaign has made the transition complicated. At times, power is just straight-up jacked and flaunted like a chain on WorldStar. Here's a brief glance at the most questionable power-grabs in recent history...
5. George W. Bush, USA, 2000
• America's track record for representing its people has always been fairly ridiculous, considering that black people only gained federal protection to vote in 1965. Fast forward to 2000 and the Good Old Party resorted to their classic Good Old Ways. Voter disenfranchisement, familial favors and a subdued public led to one of the most dangerous regimes in our lifetime.
4. Dmitry Medvedev, Russia, 2008
• After Vladimir Putin started feeling the international heat for his dictatorial rep, he decided to co-sign his lil homie, Medvedev, and push him through the ranks to continue the Putin agenda. Never ones to be discrete, Medvedev and co. won by a landslide and made themselves real hot. International observers cried foul, but United Russia scoffed. If Bush can do it, so can I!
3. Umaru Yar'Adua, Nigeria, 2007
• When Umaru Yar'Adua won 70 percent of the votes to secure presidential victory, his legitimacy was immediately questioned. Not only were there 700 reported incidences of election-related violence leading up to voting day, but two gubernatorial front-runners were assassinated. Hey, things can get grimey when you have the largest oil industry in Africa.
2. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe, 2008
• Mugabe just doesn't give a fuck. His political career actually began quite promising as he was hailed as a national hero after battling the racist white-minority rulers of Rhodesia, which later became Zimbabwe. He was then elected to office in 1980 and never wanted to leave. His opponent in '08 withdrew from the campaign, citing violent intimidation and other cruel tactics unleashed by Mugabe's goonies. Sticking to his guns, Mugabe remains defiant and won't even let Jimmy Carter come visit. Sheesh.
1. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran, 2009
• The latest case of questionable electoral victories has the streets of Iran on fire. Ahmadinejad's suspiciously enormous margin of victory ignited a frenzy of protest that has President Obama watching his words very carefully. Let's hope this nuclear power reaches a reasonable solution that's more ballot than bullet.