The forest was rapidly shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the axe.
It's handle was made of wood, and so therefore they thought it was one of their own.
The only people pushing the Athenian Straw Man Nonexistent Threat of Slippery Slope Windyfoggery (ASMNSSW) RE DEMOCRACY are people who have a misunderstanding/problem or hatred of democracy. (See AUTHORITARIANS)