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Posted on 02/25/2005 2:38:35 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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Great article joe.
Interesting & provocative. One pines for the neoplatonist ideals atimes. Bump for further review...
Thanks for posting this.
In the 1850s, following the disintegration of the Whig Party, the Southern wing of the Democratic Party became increasingly associated with the expansion of slavery, in opposition to the newly revamped United States Republican Party.
The New Democrat movement of the 1980s and 1990s, however, has moved the Democratic agenda in favor of a more centrist approach. This is a primary complaint of many members of the Green Party, leading some Greens, such as David Cobb, to declare, "The Democratic Party is where progressive politics go to die."
I urge everyone to read about the founding, the history, and the definition of both parties.
The democratic process is an integral part of the republic. To be precise the US is a "democratically elected representative republic". Democracy has become a catch all term to refer to any form of government having a direct participation of the people in the election of their leaders.
Save for later reading.
Give em hell Joe...
Democratic republic is redundant and an oxy-moron..
great job joe!
Not so sure about that, not every republic is democratic, and not every democracy is a republic.
The 2 are not interchangable.
I remember one time a long winded fellow arguing with everyone that we were a "constitutional democratic republic".
A Banana republic is a democracy not a republic at all...
The American Republic is unique among governments. and among republics as well.. This republic has rights given by god and the government has nothing to do with them.. That is our government can not legally take them away (legally) or even to modify them.. Its the difference between Rights and Privileges.. All other governments grant privileges to their people.. We have some rights with additional privileges..
Canada and no URPean governments havn't any rights at all.. merely privileges.. What their governments give it can take away.. Not so here.. according to our Constitution.. Thats why the assault on God in America.. An attack on the guarantor of those rights and its attack on those rights.. Cause if God didn't grant those rights, who did..
Americans have not seen this yet, generally, but the LAWYERS have..
To be "democratically elected" means that the people "en masse" directly decide what the rules of each election will be, as well as who is to be elected, and when. Once you do that you wind up with chaos - mob rule.
No one elected under these circumstances can truly be "representative" of the people since the people (the mob) can reelect another "representative" at their whim.
That's certainly what the Founders had in mind when they made this a Republic - not a Democracy.
Not necessarily, the people do nominate and elect their representatives "en masse", but they do so under existing election laws and predetermined proceedure enacted by their elected representatives. Pure democracy would be a referendum on every single issue. If you take the "democratically elected" out of the equation, you would have a representative rebublic installed by only a certain portion of the population, say land owners for example. Our present sytem has aspects of both pure Republicanism and pure Democracy.
Great article only question itraises is HOW to get it recieved and adhered to by a majority of our "mere politicians" whom I hear many graduate with degrees in
governemnt and reading the US Constitution is not even a
requirement.why bother with such a "living document" anyway.
They are taught ,however ,that the Court is final arbitor and that Constitution says whatever they say it says.
If you read early communications between Adams Jefferson, Madison there were grave concerns concerning the judiciary finally concluding idealy that they (judges) would use restraint. Guess you can't win em all.
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