Each of the following sentences is followed by four words or group of words. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate word or group of words.

When indecision grips a nation, free men feel the need for an _____ruler and are prepared to throw democracy overboard.

A. optimistic

B. autocratic

C. eccentric

D. energetic

Please do not use chat terms. Example: avoid using "grt" instead of "great".