Aristocracy vs. Democracy

You know, I think this quote may summarize things better than I thought, and applies to our social culture as well as our economy.    meme

It always comes down to whether decisions will be made by “our leaders” or by us. So much of American history has been the fight for the average person to get rights from those in power. The right to vote, the right not to be discriminated against, the right to a decent wage … It’s always a struggle between those who have power and those who fight against them.

That’s why voting is so damn important; it’s the best tool we have to keep them in line.  And it explains why they are always trying to limit it — from poll taxes to voter ID laws to fighting against early voting and otherwise just making it as damn difficult as possible for you and I to exercise the most basic right in a democracy.

As I used to tell my students back in the days when I taught Constitutional Law: All politics is about getting power and then writing the rules to make sure you keep that power.

But the power really is with us.  The problem is:  We’re too lazy to use it.

If we don’t take the simplest and easiest path to hold these people back by voting, then we get the government we deserve.

 

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5 thoughts on “Aristocracy vs. Democracy

  1. The writer is full of baloney. The United States of America is NOT a “democracy”, and never has been. Since our Founding, we have been a Republic! For proof, just look at the Pledge of Allegiance: “…and to the Republic for which it stands…”. Or is it possible that you forgot those words? The difference is that a democracy is where true thuggery takes places: the absolute rule of the majority with no consideration for the rights of the minority. A Republic is rule of the majority, but with the protection of the rights of the minority.
    I’ve studied the Constitution for over 40 years. I suggest that YOU start to study it, too. You may learn more than a few things that you don’t know today.

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  2. I have never understood this argument, and I have a BA in Political Science. We have a democratic republic. The two terms are not contradictory, and in fact, were used somewhat interchangeably by the founders. We have a democracy AND a republic.

    I taught Constitutional Law at the college level and am currently a lawyer, so I do not take kindly to your comment that I am just too stupid to understand your point.

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  3. The sad thing though is that most candidates running for federal office are already bought and paid for by the special interests. I mean, how else can they compete on the national stage when their opponent is funded by a major political party, funded by special interest donors, and lambasted by Super PACs with unlimited budgets? One needs to sell their soul to the party in order to get the nomination, then the funding to compete. And by then, the candidate is no longer for the people, but for the organizations they had to sell out to in order to get where they are.

    Basically, the American public is allowed to vote for the lesser of two evils. And in that, they’re still voting for evil.

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  4. Deeds, as an FYI, the “Pledge of Allegiance” was not around during the creation of this nation. It was actually created/penned by the socialist Francis Bellamy in 1892. It was adopted by Congress in 1942.

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