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Article posted: 6/16/2012 4:40 AM

Not exactly what the Founders thought

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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!"

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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."

Really, Mike?

John Babush

Big Rock

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