Mitt Romney's 47% Coming Home to Roost

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.  -Thomas Jefferson As I write this, it seems that Obama got 50.4% of the popular vote, which would be consistent with Jefferson's comment.  The problems of democracy have been evident for thousands of years.  We can start with Aristotle's warning that "extreme democracy is tyranny," followed by Homer's comment that "it is not good to have the rule of many," then put a bit of perspective with Plato's comment that "democracy is the worst of good constitutions, though the best of bad ones."  (Churchill gets a lot of credit for his rephrasing of this idea.) Because majority rule is a central characteristic of democracy, the danger always exists that a majority, free of restrictions on its power, will oppress members of the minority.  This so-called "tyranny of the majority," as Alexis de Tocqueville called it in his book, Democracy...(Read Full Article)

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