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Old 11-17-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

--Attributed to Alexander Tytler


Given the sheer amount of benefits given to the average citizen by government today, what are your thoughs on the quote above? Do you agree or disagree?
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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The amount of benefits given by the government to the average citizen pales by comparison with the benefits provided to the very wealthy that own the economy and both political parties. They are the people that control our country for their own financial benefit. The rest of us just pay for them.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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Given the sheer amount of benefits given to the average citizen by government today, what are your thoughs on the quote above? Do you agree or disagree?
This is precisely why we are not a democracy. The constitution was specifically written to prevent tyranny of the majority by limiting the power of government and therefore the power they could vote themselves.

That's why we should have stuck with the constitution.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Where in the Constitution does it forbid a tyranny of a well financed minority?
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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Where in the Constitution does it forbid a tyranny of a well financed minority?
In the exact same way actually.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:16 AM
 
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Cut the special priveledges so that Congress must abide by all the laws citizens must and cut entitlement payments to ALL, and we can turn this Socialist ship around and save our Constitutional Republic.

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Where in the Constitution does it forbid a tyranny of a well financed minority?
Silly question really. Progressives don't understand the US Constitution and think they can do anything that is not "forbidden" when in fact the opposite is true.

That which is not specifically enumerated as a power to the federal government (specifically to its individual branches of power) is forbidden it and those powers remain with the states and the people respectively.
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