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October 3, 2008

Palin, On Democracy

-- by Dave Johnson

Here is something Sarah Palin said during last night's debate. As you read this, substitute the words, "decision-making by We, the People" or "democracy" for the word "government."

Patriotic is saying, government, you know, you're not always the solution. In fact, too often you're the problem so, government, lessen the tax burden and on our families and get out of the way and let the private sector and our families grow and thrive and prosper.
Palin says that decision-making by We, the People is not always the solution. Palin wants We, the People and democracy to "get out of the way." So, OK, see if you can guess what replaces decision-making by We, the People if we get out of the way.

Oh, and for a big clue, think about the bailout bill that just passed. How much decision-making by We, the People was involved in that?

Posted by Dave Johnson at October 3, 2008 1:49 PM


Comments

"We the people" doesn't apply to all laws or to everything the government does. "We the people" are the first three words of the U.S. Constitution. You're playing a trick here. You're making it sound like everything government does is as legitimate as the constitution itself.

The United States is not supposed to be a direct democracy where the majority always gets its way. It is supposed to be a constitutional republic with a government that is severely constrained by its written constitution.

Don't you think that the "Tyranny of the Majority" is a real danger? Shouldn't the minority's rights to life, liberty and property be protected in all cases? If you agree, how can you square these points with your "We the People" rhetoric?

Posted by: Jay Muntz [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2008 4:32 PM

Have you been drinking or taking drugs?

Posted by: Scorpius [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2008 10:44 PM

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