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570 days ago.
by neocurmudgeon74
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Dare I start this thread?

Left-wingers/Right-wingers/Middle-of-the-roaders, Does the masses truly have the ability to govern themselves? Is true liberty and democracy ceded to the people by sheer majority rule? Need there be a strong central leader/government to guarantee personal freedom? Can a republic depend upon the common people for its survival? Or will apathy and ignorance of the people allow a dictatorship to evolve as long as individual/groups wants are being catered to?

 
 

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neocurmudgeon74

I like to be hopeful. If a few of us will not only adhere to these standards in our own postings, but find a way to gently point out to others when they stray (hopefully in a way they won't see as combative, which I admit is difficult to do w/ some people), maybe a few others will follow good examples.

Posted 570 days ago.

harryanderson

Tiredofit writes, “They have made this PERSONAL and we take sides like (it’s) a competition, us vs. them. The media is (complicit) and gives us a healthy dose of meaningless drivel…to keep us occupied.”

This is true, except I’d like to more strongly emphasize that we, rather than they, are to blame. We eagerly open our mouths wide for the “healthy dose of meaningless drivel” that the media drug dealers give us. Not only that, we pay the drug dealers well for our fix.

As an individualist and Republican, I refuse to consume, or feed others, the “meaningless drivel” of personal animosity. Who’ll join me in refusing to attack peoples’ persons and only attack their arguments?

“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” We have to consider one another friends in order to edify, on receive edification from, one another.

Posted 571 days ago.

moderation

Those who feel our system of electing our legal representatives is problematic must not truly believe in this democratic republic. The process is what it is.Domestic opposition is to be challenged by the ballot,..... if you really want to walk your talk. If not, then,at this stage of the game you may be a thug and a criminal if you believe you have a "right" to physically act to eradicate any political opposition.The"they'll never take me alive" motto in today's society doesn't, in my opinion,demonstrate a helpful maturity for changing and improving this country.

Posted 575 days ago.

neocurmudgeon74

Bolo, I was about to point out that you confused "conservation" w/ "conservative". (They SHOULD overlap quite a bit, but in our politics these days they overlap very little.)

But then I realized you know they aren't the same, & consciously conflated the 2 terms. So I have to ask you, please keep the discussion to what you mean, don't use talking points you wouldn't accept from someone else. You're better than that.

Posted 575 days ago.

Thatsabsurd

Put the Globewarmers in charge

Posted 576 days ago.

neocurmudgeon74

That's why I so deeply resent our current politicians who seem determined to crash the government we have before we can make a proper transition to our next form of government.

Posted 576 days ago.

neocurmudgeon74

Churchill said, "The biggest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter."

But he also said, "Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

Read it carefully: all other forms that HAVE BEEN TRIED have been worse; but no firm conclusion about forms that WILL BE TRIED.

We need a form of government that Churchill couldn't imagine, b/c the technology wasn't available. Such a form is still out of reach, but I think we can start assembling the toolkit. I estimate it will take about 20 years until we should write a new Constitution.

Posted 576 days ago.

resolution

;)

Posted 577 days ago.

resolution

Can WE keep it?

Posted 577 days ago.

resolution

A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Posted 577 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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