"The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can ever help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority."
Henrik Ibsen
(1828-1906) Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet
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Explains Obama.
 -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
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    It sure seems that way here. Anyone who votes for democrats or Rhinos. The majority often exercises their right to be stupid in this nation.
     -- cal, Lewisville, tx     
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    The last 2 presidential elections prove the accuracy of this quote.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
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    Way more accurate than any exception might alter the overall statement.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    ;-) Pretty much!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Our populace has been engineered into foolishness by the education sector, which has relentlessly nudged young brains to be concerned about social justice, sexuality (Heather has 2 Mommies, the transgender fascination etc ) philanthropy and over - education. Does one really need to go into debt and miss out on 4 years of earnings to garner a degree in Womyn's Studies (yes this is how the University of Michigan spells it) or social justice or Black Studies etc? Our young have been encouraged to go into non-profits, or volunteer in (sometimes dangerous) third world countries or war zones. This does not promote self reliance or the continuity of our society, but that is precisely the point. This gentle propaganda strategy augments the Left's importation of a population that knows little of our history and cares even less.
    What history has been taught to our millenials has been revised to fit the America bad, white European bad, Christian bad, Indian good, poverty good, Islam contributed to the greatness of America, the Founding Fathers were atheists, etc.
    Now they have decided that every dead slave owner needs to be defined only by that one aspect of his life...George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson - there will be no end.

    No millenial was ever enslaved; no millenial ever was a slave owner. Yet the vitriol of their activities one hundred and fifty years later is breathtaking. The viciousness with which they attack statues of the confederacy is astonishing and yet they will actually accomplish nothing. This rage and enthusiasm should have been directed by their parents and teachers toward accomplishment rather than destruction.

     -- Hank Rearden, Burr Ridge IL     
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    It is for rightly refined powers of discernment that human beings characteristically want.

    In the absence of Virtue informed discernment, which is a navigational Light that is essential to life, requisite, wholesome discrimination cannot occur.

    Accordingly, the human race is governed, virtually en masse, by passion and prejudice.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- Ronw13, ID      
    The majority does appear to be always wrong, but hopefully the future will provide an enlightened majority.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
     -- Abby      

    ...and why the USA is a republic...a nation based upon law...even tho a great number call it a democracy, which the Founders declared would soon commit suicide ~ it appears that is currently in full swing since so many who know not the gift they were given ~ most want free stuff (and oppression...you know how there is no free gift, eh?) more than liberty, per personal observation...

     -- Abby     
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