"A pure democracy ... can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction.  A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority, and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party...  Hence it is that democracies 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 thier deaths."
by:
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source:
James Madison, Federalist No. 10
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The word 'democracy' is not found in the US Constitution or any of the 50 states' constitutions. Woodrow Wilson made the term popular -- the same guy who signed away the nation's economic sovereignty to the Federal Reserve. Americans have been duped! And the nation has been upon the road to ruin ever since.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    We hold this truth to be self evident ! History has repeatedly proven the accuracy of the statement.
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    I think we should have more of James Madison, Thomas Jerrerson and Andrew Jackson...especially about our 'do nothing' congress.
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