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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Tax Reform (fwd)

>                           TAX REFORM:
>       - Beware a government that comingles democracy and republic -
>     The quotation on your editorial page masthead of Sept. 3, "Democracy 
>is the worst of all political evils," probably raised the hackles of what 
>few Democrats read it.
>     It no doubt made the Republican readership chortle over their coffee. 
>Some of the Libertarians reading it may have understood the real meaning of 
>the statement by Elbridge Gerry.
>     That meaning, however, is worth keeping in mind when you listen to all 
>the governmental rhetoric about "tax reform."
>     There was a time in this country -- Nov. 30, 1928, to be exact -- when 
>the U.S. War Department (now called the "Defense Department") declared in 
>its Training Manual No. 2000-25, pages 118 to 121, that "democracy" is:
>     * A government of the masses.
>     * Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of "direct" 
>     * Results in mobocracy.
>     * Attitude toward property is communistic -- negating property rights.
>     * Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, 
>whether it is based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, 
>and impulse, without regard to compensation.
>     * results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.
>     They, meaning Adjutant General Lutz Wahl and Chief of Staff C. P. 
>Summerall, went on to explain "republic."
>     * Authority is derived through the election by the people of public 
>officials "best fitted" (emphasis mine) to represent them.
>     * Attitude toward property is respect for laws and individual rights, 
>and a sensible economic procedure.
>     * Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with 
>fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard to 
>     * Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy.
>     The Training Manual summed it up succinctly by stating:
>     "Democracy is the 'direct' rule of the people and has been repeatedly 
>tried without success. Our Constitutional fathers, familiar with the 
>strength and weakness of both autocracy and democracy, with fixed 
>principles definitely in mind, defined a representative republican form of 
>government ... ."
>     This guarantee will be found in Article 4, Section 4 of the United 
>States Constitution. Besides, how many times do we "... pledge allegiance 
>to the democracy of the United States of America ... ."? Republic and 
>democracy are not synonymous -- regardless of what government wordsmiths 
>say. And a "democratic republic" is out too!
>     The precise definitions of democracy and republic were carefully 
>considered as a guide for U.S. soldiers in 1928. Such definitions take 
>precidence over any dilutions that are found in the present commercial 
>dictionaries that have undergone modifications by the cream of mediocrity.
>     Shortly after the bank holiday in the 30s, orders quietly went out 
>from the White House demanding that all copies of Training Manual 2000-25 
>be withdrawn from the Government Printing Office and Army posts, to be 
>suppressed and destroyed without explanation. ...
>[From `The Orange County Register']

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