Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Mourning for The Rebublic

Sometime back when I was ranting over the election I said I should give a lecture on why this is a rebublic and not a democracy. No need for Mr. Fox has done far better then I could have.

The Revolutionary War and Declaration of Independence are only part of what these incredible people began. Their main achievement came in deciding what form of government to establish afterward. To this end they intentionally decided against a “democracy.” The issue was debated heatedly. To them (and to me) “democracy” was simply the “tyranny of the majority.”

Because most of them believed that the influence of a national government should be limited to only the bare essentials (protection of individual rights and defense), ‘lest it gain further control over the people, or be manipulated by despots (sound familiar?), they created something brand new: A Federal Republic.

It's long. It's got a lot in it. It says a lot. It's 100% right on in my book (well except some of the Reagan part).
Highly reccomended.



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