"I love agitation and investigation and glory
in defending unpopular truth against popular error."
by:
James A. Garfield
(1831-1881) 20th President of the United States (1881)
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He would have a great time today.
 -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood
 
ditto
 -- Robert, Sarasota
 
Brilliant man - It's a shame he was shot by a whacko.
 -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA
 
Garfield was the second president to be assassinated who challenged the central bank (Lincoln was the first). He could also write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other at the same time.
 -- E Archer, NYC
 
One popular error today is "we are a democracy". We are, in fact, a Republic. Republic = rule by law, democracy = rule by majority. So if a majority vote to murder you, you will surely die very soon.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI
 
Uh, . . . trying to say that the US is either a republic or a democracy is like trying to say that a person is either a human or a male (or a female). It's like trying to say that a vehicle is either a Chevy or a truck.

The two categories are different and not mutually exclusive. We have a demcratic (democratically elected representatives) republic (as opposed to a 'pure' democracy).

republic n. Abbr. rep., Rep., Repub. 1.a. A political order whose head of state is not a monarch and in modern times is usually a president. b. A nation that has such a political order. 2.a. A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them. b. A nation that has such a political order. -- AHD

republic/Republic -- Merriam-Webster

democracy n., pl. democracies. 1. Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives. 2. A political or social unit that has such a government. 3. The common people, considered as the primary source of political power. 4. Majority rule. 5. The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community. -- AHD

democracy -- Merriam-Webster
 -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA

 
I think we have a representative democracy because of limited communications in the 1700s, if America were re-founded today we would all vote like on Amercan Idol.... by text message....and Sanjay would be president
 -- Fuzzycatnuts, Seattle
 
The central bank are the worst scumbags to ever exist. It goes back at least as far as Ceasar and the fall of the Roman Empire.
 -- slartibartfast
 
Terry, your limited posting only begins to scratch the surface - not even a good mark. Voting for a representative in a republic is choosing an individual(s) to do for you (personal time restraints inhibit all that we can do) and protect individual inalienable right. Codes, statutes, etc. in said republic are only tools to define the already existing natural law for administrative purposes. In a democracy, the ruling gods (might makes right) create law and call the law codes, statutes, etc. The here republic is freedom, democracy is despotism and slavery.
 -- Mike, Norwalk
 
 
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