"Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; 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 their deaths."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787
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Which is why the Founding Fathers established the United States as a republic NOT a democracy. There is a marked difference between the two forms of government and no one ever referred to the USA as a democracy until Woodrow Wilson. He believed the terms to be interchangeable when describing elected government thus showing his abject refusal to truly understand the Founding Fathers and the Constitution of OUR Republic.
 -- agbjr     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Is it now clear that the battle for the world is a battle of definitions? Make a law, then redefine the terms used in the statute. That's how the Federal Reserve Act stole the nation's entire money supply and traded it for commercial interest-bearing promissory notes. 'Civil Rights' now include transgenderism, pedophilia, and 'cake wars' in which political messages are compelled to be delivered by those that disagree with them or lose their businesses.

    When was the course in Integrity taught in public school? Why isn't this obligatory for the education of citizens in a 'democracy'? Without integrity, all the great causes hard-fought and won become the tools of the power-hungry to mold and twist to their advantage. Thank the American Bar Association for the army of lawyers that do nothing but redefine words to suit their argument -- all the way up to the Supreme Court where statism is still protected above the rights of the individual.

    "Congress shall make no law..." -- sheesh, just take a look at how Congress breaks this rule DAILY. On and on...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mary - MI      
    Great comments above, to them I can only add that Madison's here observance was extremely accurate.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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