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Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.
~ James Madison
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
~ John Adams
A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way. The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness [excessive license] which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty.
~ Fisher Ames, Author of the House Language for the First Amendment
We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate ... as [it has] everywhere terminated, in despotism.... Democracy! savage and wild. Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to thy level of folly and guilt.
~ Gouverneur Morris, Signer and Penman of the Constitution
The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.7
~ John Quincy Adams
A simple democracy ... is one of the greatest of evils.
~ Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration
In democracy ... there are commonly tumults and disorders... Therefore a pure democracy is generally a very bad government. It is often the most tyrannical government on earth.
~ Noah Webster
Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state, it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.
~ John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration
It may generally be remarked that the more a government resembles a pure democracy the more they abound with disorder and confusion.
~ Zephaniah Swift, Author of America’s First Legal Text
Many Americans today seem to be unable to define the difference between the two, but there is a difference, a big difference. That difference rests in the source of authority. [O]ur citizens should early understand that the genuine source of A pure democracy operates by direct majority vote of the people. When an issue is to be decided, the entire population votes on it; the majority wins and rules. A republic differs in that the general population elects representatives who then pass laws to govern the nation. A democracy is the rule by majority feeling
(what the Founders described as a “mobocracy” 12); a republic is rule by law.
Republic v. Democracy
originally posted by: olaru12
Do you have any idea how yuggggeeee an industry firearms and shooting sports is? Guns are going no where.
"takin our guns" is just a right wing fear based rallying point. You simply don't mess with a 51 billion a year industry.
originally posted by: Wide-Eyes
Yes the destination is the same. The Trump road is more fun. Liberal meltdowns are priceless. The best part is when they actually think that I believe Trump is not NWO. I usually do an evil laugh under my breath.
It's not tyrannical if you're in the club!