Friday, July 22, 2011

Beck: "We're not a democracy . . .

Here we go again. Beck claims the US is not a democracy. The ancient Greeks defined the two forms of government that almost all countries use today

The Athenians had a democracy and the Spartans: an oligarchy.

An oligarchy can be ruled by a king or a dictator; In Sparta, it actually had two kings.

Republicans like to suggest that the US is a republic, but that is really apples and oranges.

According to Wikipedia, A republic is a form of government in which the people, or some significant portion of them, retain supreme control over the government.

Likewise, in a republic offices of state are not granted through heritage.

The common modern definition of a republic is a government having a head of state who is not a monarch.

Steve Kangas has written:

The U.S. is a democracy -- just not a direct one. Every branch of our government -- executive, legislative, judicial, monetary -- ultimately derives its power from majority rule or approval. By making our democracy indirect instead of direct, the Founders prevented unrestrained mob rule, allowing a more reasonable pace of majority rule, and greater room for compromise.

Kangas also notes that this is a quibble over definitions, because a constitutional republic is a type of democracy.

In Beck's radio show, he also said:

Majority Rule Is Mob Rule -- Bad.

The Major listened to the audio and thought at least one of the two speakers was drunk because he noticed slurred speech. 

Perhaps more important questions are why do Republicans think the US is not a Democracy? Does the GOP think America is a plutocracy or meritocracy? 

What form of government does the GOP really want: a plutocracy run by corporations? 

Corporatism is just another word, of course, for fascism. 

This seems to be what the GOP would prefer for America: a fascist oligarchy run by corporate bosses that emphasizes the primacy of business over the needs of its citizens. 

This is exactly what Gov. Rick Scott is trying to push in Florida. 

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