Not exactly what the Founders thought
Says John Adams: "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
Says Ben Franklin: "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"
Says Thomas Jefferson: "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49."
Says Fisher Ames: "A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way. The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness, excessive license, which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty."
Writes Michael Lee of Wheeling: "… it is not capitalism that made America great, it is democracy and the willingness to listen to points of view that do not agree with your own that makes American (sic) great."
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