One of the characteristics of circling the drain is that we keep passing the same spot each spin around the tub. Lately it is the ‘popular vote’ spot that we have passed by once again. We keep hearing how wrong it is that Hillary won the popular vote but not the White House. It is almost as though people think they live in democracy – when a democracy was what the founders explicitly wished to avoid.
Why would the founders want to avoid a democracy in favor of a republic? Simple reason – a republican form of government is the only form of government that protects minority rights. One might think that most people learned this by the 7th grade – but based on all of the screaming people do in the mistaken belief that they live in democracy it is obvious that people did not learn this. Damn public schools again!
I would imagine the great majority of those wishing to live in an actual democracy would quickly regret the decision. A democracy is form of government where a majority decides. The minority has no effective rights.
I have heard people like Rachel Maddow claim that there is no difference between a republic and a democracy. I do not know if she truly believes that or if she is attempting to deceive people into believing a lie – but there is little going back from bad decisions in a democracy. Because it only requires 50%+1 to do as you wish with and to others a democracy is very susceptible to emotional arguments and the Zeitgeist – hence in a democracy the emphasis and path to power resides in deception and emotionalism. In a democracy all one must do is control the emotions of 50%+1 voters on the day they vote – and you can then do what ever you wish.
How it works. One must wonder about the motives of people who desire such a system…