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  •  The US was never meant to be an ideal democracy (7+ / 0-)

    It's a constitutional republic. Even a pure representative democracy (which the US is not) would be far from a pure democracy. Personally, I have no interest in tyranny by the majority.

    •  Yep (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Agathena

      Tyranny of the minority is so much better. Most people in government on the national level are quite wealthy.

      For example, Hillary is now worth 30 to 50 million.

      There are forms of direct democracy that avoid the pitfalls of tyranny of the majority.

      Representational democracy was designed to keep out everyone except the ruling class of land owners. In the early U.S., women, non-whites, and those without land were not allowed to vote, which reduced the voting population to a small fraction. This especially eliminated the poor.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:00:47 PM PST

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    •  Who gets to say (1+ / 0-)
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      elwior

      ...what the the US is/was/will be meant to be?

      Jefferson had a little diatribe about one generation not being able to bind the next generation.  It seems to me that at least one of the folks who pondered what it was meant to be left the door quite a bit open.

      And then when did "democracy" get conflated with "tyrrany by the majority"?

      50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

      by TarheelDem on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:07:59 PM PST

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