This speech should be heard in all conservative cable TV, very direct and details to support his speech, not sure if C-SPAN carried this event, thanks to Heritage Foundation.
"We are NOT a democracy. We are a representative republic"
I wish more people would understand that.
A history teacher in my past explained the difference like this when he heard some of the class talking about how we need to be a democracy. He asked the peeps in question "So what if the simple voting majority ruled without representation. If 51% of the people decided to vote that people with red hair should be executed then the red heads will be killed. Are you sure you want that?"
He put it so well and simply. I think the issue is like many political terms, this one was just over used, misused and abused so the real meaning of it are lost. Much like liberalism of 100 years ago compared to now - much different.
Even with our representative republic we still have idiots voting in people who are supposed to be more intelligent and able to understand local and wide spread issues of the day, yet we get much of the crap we have in the office and Congress.
I still think we need to 1) raise the voting age 2) require a test of sorts to see if voters even understand the issues.
Voting age - I know people will get mad but it is a fact that most people's development in the frontal lobes is not completed until the early to mid 20's. I would rather have fewer voters that have problems planning past 2 days from now. You really see much difference in most people's attitudes, intelligence between 16 and 20? Well, for some but too many are in play mode still and fall in love with issues for all the wrong reasons. For those old folks, like me, walk around a college campus and listen to people 18 to early 20s discuss issues of today, scary....
Testing - Some will get bent out of shape here but there is no reason that people that don't understand basics about anything should vote. Just go to youtube and type: free obama money. After that, think about how close some elections are and then realize that a solid 20% of the voting population is actually that stupid (most by choice). Most elections are won by smaller margins that 20% of the voters. Just to prevent too much anger towards me here - this is not elitest. You do not have to be college educated. Plenty of people that do not go far in school are very smart and they read about the issues, research, and self educate. Scholastics are not the indicator here, hence the reason for testing before voting and not a "Did you go to college" check box.