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To: mgiorgino
Or, as Benjamin Franklin quipped, "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

Considering that the word "lunch" did not come into being until the 1920's -- it was short for "luncheon" -- it is highly unlikely that Ben Franklin said any such thing.

That aside, Mr. Madison's document is a recipe for organized gridlock -- which is exactly what Iraq needs. It is designed to buffer the effects of factionalism, the thing that had killed every republic in history until Madison's time. Under Madison's architecture, the more factions you have, the better. It's not a bad way to go.

3 posted on 05/16/2003 12:21:07 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius
Considering that the word "lunch" did not come into being until the 1920's -- it was short for "luncheon" -- it is highly unlikely that Ben Franklin said any such thing.

I'd heard the quote as "dinner". That some mutants of the quote use "lunch" says nothing for or against the notion that Ben Frankline said the original version (whatever it was).

6 posted on 05/16/2003 7:18:56 PM PDT by supercat (TAG--you're it!)
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