"Democracy tends to ignore, even deny, threats to its existence because it loathes doing what is needed to counter them. It awakens only when the danger becomes deadly, imminent, evident. By then, either there is too little time left for it to save itself, or the price of survival has become crushingly high."
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Jean-Francois Revel
[Jean-Francois Ricard] (1924-2006) French politician, journalist, author, philosopher, member of the Académie française
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A Republic, The American Form of Government

if you can keep it..

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pretty much sums it up..
 -- Vexari, Chappaqua     
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    The founders had a greater disdain for democracy more than a monarchy. An accurate depiction.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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