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As Mideast Shows, Democracy Doesn't Always Mean Freedom


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040113-649945-for-worlds-citizens-democracy-doesnt-always-mean-freedom.htmInvestors Business Daily:

The Obama administration treated the creation of "democracy" in the Middle East as a good thing. Ironically, those who created the United States of America viewed democracy with fear — and created a constitutional republic instead.

Everything depends on how you define democracy.

In its most basic sense, democracy means majority rule. But there can be majority rule in a free country or in a country with an authoritarian or even a dictatorial government.

In this age of sloppy uses of words, many people include freedom in their conception of democracy. But whether democracy leads to freedom is an open question, not a foregone conclusion.

In the United States, when the Union army of occupation withdrew from the South, years after the Civil War, majority rule returned to the Southern states — and the freedom of blacks was drastically restricted from what it had been under military rule.Scissors-32x32.png

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Let's head back to a representative republic and fantasize about a repeal of the 17th Amendment.


Ending mob rule, in the senate elections as the founding fathers set up the Constitution.


Mob rule ain't working out so well in Greece, Detroit, Stockton,...

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