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.
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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)