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The Supreme Court’s Job Is to Protect Americans from Democracy

Sid14 Wrote: Apr 20, 2012 1:30 PM
Article 4, Section 4 says "Republican", not "Democratic", yet I constantly hear politicians of all stripes referring to our government as a "democracy". "Democracy is the most vile form of government" - Thomas Jefferson
Blair31 Wrote: Apr 20, 2012 2:26 PM
Athens had a democracy. Rome had a republic. What happened to the Roman Republic? It gradually
became the Roman Empire. Having a republic's no guarantee either. After the Constitutional Convention,
a woman asked Benjamin Franklin the following: "Dr. Franklin, what did you decide on in there, [Independence Hall], today?"
Benjamin Franklin replied: "A republic, Madam, if you can keep it."
Reginald10 Wrote: Apr 20, 2012 4:45 PM
Athens was conquered by Sparta. The Roman Republic conquered both.
Sid14 Wrote: Apr 20, 2012 4:45 PM
And if you look at our Republic, it, too, has become an empire. Franklin was right and we haven't done a very good job of :keeping" it. Our 'elite' have exempted themselves from the Rule of Law that is the basis of a republic.

I have to give the Washington Post credit. It may have a bias for statism, but at least they have some diversity on the op-ed pages. Less than two months after E.J. Dionne wrote an embarrassing column showing he didn’t understand the difference between untrammeled majoritarianism and a constitutional republic, the Post publishes a terrific piece by George Will on the proper role of the Supreme Court.

Here’s some of what George Will wrote.

…a vast portion of life should be exempt from control by majorities. And when the political branches do not respect a capacious zone of private...

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