"I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it."
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Since political democracy is RULE BY MAJORITY, it leads only to the tyranny of the majority. Democracy is the bloodgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people. Democracy is the wrong form of government. The best form of government is a republic. A republic is RULE BY LAW. Only a republic can guarantee individual liberty. Democracy will destroy it.
 -- Cameron Fast, Cottam, Ontario     
    Congress has certainly "worked it" and ignores the law, specifically the Constitution! What else explains infringements such as the Brady Bill or the Assault Weapons Ban?
     -- Joel, Rochester, MI     
    And look what happens when Americans keep re-electing the likes of Clinton and 'Baby' Bush to office? A lack of responsibility (in this case work) leads to irresponsible 'leaders!'
     -- George, Ohio     
    I think it's sad that a Canadian who has learned so much as to be able to type can be so ignorant as to think a republicanism and democracy are mutually exclusive. I think it's sad that Joel of Rochester, Michigan, and George of Ohio so completely miss the point of the quote. The quote is an aphorism, a concise and witty observation that conveys the essential point that for democracy to succeed (be it in a republic or otherwise) it must be tended to by the general population. Like all good aphorisms, it is obvious once stated.
     -- Paul, San Antonio     
    Some commentary misses the point, e.g., Mr. Fast (Ontario). I agree with "Paul" (San Antonio).
     -- Joan, New Jersey     
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