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    a government a democracy. They voted in Russia, and China, and Iraq, and Iran, and Nazi Germany, and ....

    There is only one qualification that makes a country a democracy, and that is that administrative power can be delegated and that transformative power cannot, is not.

    Our government delegates both kinds of power to our representatives. In fact, our constitution makes no distinction between these powers. Amazing, when you think about it.

    If you don't dispute what Madison said, then look at Federalist 10. You will see that he describes several functions that were known as shortcomings of republican governments. After defining these problems, Madison then tries to devise a way to solve them. He failed. But he declared victory. In the final, short paragraph of this important essay he said: "we behold a republican remedy for the diseases most incident to republican government."

    So he spent his time cataloging the "diseases" of republican government, and then he gave us a republican government. And if you read the essay in its entirety you will find that his proposed solutions had no hope of success because they delegated both administrative and transformative power to our representatives.

    There is only one government in history that understood this important consideration, and it did not have the "diseases" that Madison listed and that we have seen ever since.

    If you want to truly understand how ineffectual our republic has been, then make a list of the "diseases" that Madison described and check our own history. You will see outbreaks of these serious diseases everywhere.

    And, finally Madison gives the whole subterfuge away: he denigrated democracies but then says that it was very important that the new government preserve "the form and spirit" of democracies. In other words he said if we let them vote, they will think they have a democracy. And, behold, that is exactly what you think.

    You can look all of this up in Federalist 10.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 05:35:38 PM PST

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