[PLUG-TALK] How to be a good Democrat

Jeme A Brelin jeme at brelin.net
Sun Oct 19 19:08:59 PDT 2003

On Sun, 19 Oct 2003, Russ Johnson wrote:
> The problem is, that for the vast majority of folks that vote, that's
> how they think.

You have a very poor opinion of your fellow man.

> You take the single issue, and the answer is cut and dried. Then you
> take all the single answers, compare and contrast them, and there are
> LOTS of areas where apparent contradictions occur.

I can see that in the things you post, too.  If you have a fundamental
philosophy governing your actions, you don't get those kinds of
contradictions (or what appear to be contradictions can be easily

The problem is that in order to take this so-called "Social Darwinist"
perspective to any kind of logical conclusion, you end up being inhumane
and hurtful.

> This is exactly why the founding fathers created this country as a
> republic, not a democracy.

Um, no.  James Madison worked very hard to keep democracy out of the
Constitution because he didn't want to lose his wealth and power.  As he
said at the Convention, the purpose of government is "to protect the
opulent minority against the majority."

> Tommy Lee Jones character (Agent K) in MIB said it best, "A *person* is
> smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."

And so you must treat each individual as though they are smart.

     Jeme A Brelin
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