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Date: Wed, 09 Jul 1997 17:22:20 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Democracy versus Republic (fwd)

>>Subject: Democracy versus Republic
>>I received this e-mail from a good friend.  
>>> Durwood, 
>>> Here is your civic lesson for the week.
>>> The pupose of the first ten amendments (Bill of Rights) is to restrict the
>>> power of the government to violate the rights of the citizens. The
>>> fathers wrote these restrictions with phrases like:
>>> "Congress shall pass no law....", "The rights of the people...shall not be
>>> infringed.","no person shall be...deprived.","The accused shall enjoy the
>>> right..." You notice that these are not restrictions on human rights, but
>>> are restrictions on the activities of government.
>>>         In a democracy, Might makes Right.
>>>         In a republic, Right makes Might.
>>>         In a democracy, the law restricts the people.
>>>         In a republic, the law restricts the government.
>>> George Washington said the following in his Presidential farewell address:
>>> "If in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the
>>> Constitutional power be in any particular wrong. Let it be corrected by an
>>> amendment in the way in which the Constitution designates. But let
there be
>>> no change by usurpation, for though this, in one instance, may be the
>>> instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments
>>> are destroyed."
>>> It was about the same time that a British professor named Alexander F.
>>> Tyler wrote: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
>>> It can exist only until the voters discover that they can vote themselves
>>> largess (a liberal gift) out of the public treasury. From that moment on,
>>> the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits
>>> from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses
>>> over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship."
>>> I would like to give credit for the above information to "The Unseen Hand"
>>> by A.Ralph Epperson
>>> Quote of the day: Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are
>>> willing to give it to others.
>>> Take care, Dennis

Paul Andrew Mitchell                 : Counselor at Law, federal witness
B.A., Political Science, UCLA;  M.S., Public Administration, U.C. Irvine

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