Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Having said that, and other than that, you had good insights, Sofricrow.
Thanks TC - I appreciate that.
Again, I do consider the "a republic is not a democracy" argument to be spurious, and contradictory to all manner of printed material published in
the last 200-odd years - not least, the American Constitution, which clearly states:
"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
The second part of the "republic is not democracy" argument says that democracy is mob rule - and thus stipulates that democracy is undesirable. So
the argument covers all the angles, saying "The USA is not a democracy, never was a democracy, and besides, democracy sucks, so who cares if it
IMO - the "republic is not democracy" argument is just a marketing package, developed relatively recently to a) deny that the USA is a democracy;
and claim, b) Americans therefore will have lost nothing when their democracy is finally and fully dismantled. ...It's disinformation, and finally, a
fatal distraction - designed to misdirect serious thinkers.
...but, for the sake of argument - I will give you your position. As I understand it: a) democracy must be "pure" to qualify as democracy, and b)
pure democracy is "mob rule," and therefore totally undesirable. So it follows that you have in mind a "ruling class" to be responsible for
governing the "mob." Can you please expand, and explain:
1. What qualities, exactly, are you looking for in your ruling class?
2. Who finally will determine the qualities, and individuals, who make up the ruling class?
3. How might this new ruling class be put into power?
4. Given that I, for example, do not possess the requisite qualities to become a member of the new ruling class - ie., intelligence, education, social
standing, assets, and/or whatever - why should I accept governance by this completely-revised, all-new ruling class?
5. What happens if I don't accept governance by the new ruling class? Will I be forced? How?
...Also, please recognize that given current US laws, dissolving democracy and/or the federal government at this juncture simply ensures that "the
aristocracy of our moneyed corporations" will be firmly and irrevocably established, as Jefferson warned in 1812.
Even those who can't even spell "constitution" should be able to see that things are very much askewed. People need toget their heads out of
politics and look behind the scenes so that they can see the puppet masters at work. Only way we are going to save, not only our country and restore
it to the Republican form of government (if that is even possible at this point), but also save the rest of the world from the grips of the ones who
see as property, not humans.