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Old 08-27-2017, 08:37 AM
Myers (Offline)
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I've seen all that before.

What I mean is there is a broader definition of democracy -- not just the narrow one we have here in the states when referring to a republic vs. a direct democray. It's out there in the various dictionaries if you choose to look it up.

Even some of the quotes you've provided like the ones from P.J. O'Rourke, Mencken or Melville don't specifically refer to direct democracy -- it's pretty clear they are talking about the weaknesses inherent in the current system overall -- what can happen when people have a say in government -- including how politicians take advantage of it.

This as opposed to quotes you see from the founders that are clearly about direct democracy vs. a republic.

Context, Mohican. Context.

Since you're into using quotations to make your point, I'll add an oldie but goodie from Emerson:

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds..."

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