I get upset when someone uses "democracy" as an excuse for oppressing me and infringing on my rights, as if the fact that 51% of people thought raping red-headed people with pale skin and freckles was okay, would make it okay.
The ignorance that many people seem to have about what democracy really means, and how the fundamental principle of the US is not "democracy" itself but limited government, is what makes me cringe when people throw the word around as if it were an inherent justification for anything.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.
democracy makes baby osama cry
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
Democracy is the most moral form of regime, in my opinion, but obviously not the most efficient by terms of states' advancement.
I see, however, absolutely no reason to get upset at it.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
Remember, the majority of Germany supported the National Socialists.
2000 - Barbara Lett-Simmons (Democrat, District of Columbia)
In the most recent act of Elector abstention, Barbara Lett-Simmons, a Democratic Elector from the District of Columbia, did not cast her vote for Al Gore as expected. Her abstention was meant to protest the lack of Congressional representation for Washington, DC.
The Electoral College - "Faithless Electors"
There is a list of the rest, and that is the problem. The people are not truly represented.
Last edited by Flea; 04-10-10 at 10:59 AM.