"But we’re not a democracy. It’s a terrible misunderstanding
and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that.
In reality, we’re a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy."
by:
Ramsey Clark
former U.S. Attorney General
Source:
interview in The Sun, August 2001
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We were designed to be a constitutional republic, although that has been eroded into a democratic govt, run by democrats, manipulated by the Fed, et al. (democracy is really mob rule). I think that Ramsey Clark is deranged.
 -- RC, Olympia     
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    Thank you RC. Ramsey is deranged.
     -- Dougmcr8, Springfield, VA     
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    Democracy, and the ideas thereof, are terribly misunderstood by the majority and should be slandered. A plutocracy does describe much of what inflicts the individual sovereign in today's criminal body politic.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I fear Ramsey Clark may be pretty close to the truth. The wealthy always have the edge of "buying" democracy.
     -- Sandra, Dallas     
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    Good Lord. This is a quote on Liberty?!?!? This is a political statement designed to an end - election of someone playing the populist game. Fear mongering is not liberty. Paranoia is not liberty. Playing the class warfare game is not liberty. Is anybody checking these quotes before they go out the door?
     -- Bob D, Rossford, Ohio     
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    Partly true. We are a democracy (one man one vote) in which money can have a say. It is up to the electorate to be "untouchable". Our democracy will have as much integrity as does its' individual members.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    More double-speak. This is an argument for democratic socialism which is but to blame the 'rich' for the problems government creates then raid the private property of the people afterwards and give it to the rich. If America is now a plutocracy, it is because 'democracy' has brought us there. Return to LIMITED government, respect private property, and sweep away the webs of corruption in Washington. Our elected Congress is now raiding the Treasury of everything it will ever have in our lifetimes and giving it to the rich. This is democracy for you!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Spoken by a man so far to the left he's clear out of the ball park.
     -- jim k     
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    A true worthless twit.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Given the role of the international banking cartel and it's influence over world politics to the end of having a one world order/new world order, this statement is probably fairly accurate. Having it here is not in opposition to liberty (quotes) because accurate knowledge leads to/is liberty.
     -- Larry, Northwood, Ohio     
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    I THINK THE TWO PERSONS WHO CALL Mr. CLARK DERANGED ARE IGNORANT, STUPID AND LACKING BASIC MORALS. RAMSEY CLARK IS A KNOWLEDGEABLE, BRILLIANT, COURAGEOUS HUMANIST AND PATRIOT. SOME OF US AMERICANS ARE SUFFERING FROM EXTREME IGNORANCE AND STUPIDITY. TIME FOR US TO BECOME MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE AND SMARTEN UP. WE ARE A PLUTOCRACY IF THESE IDIOTS ONLY KNOW THE MEANING OF IT. INSTEAD OF WRITING NONSENSE IN THESE COLUMNS THEY SHOULD SHUT THE HELL UP AND TAKE UP READING.
     -- Anonymous, WINSTON SALEM     
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