Oh c’mon Jae, Aaron Russo? Russo is a punk-ass bitch and you know it. 5 dollars will get you a blow and a wordy quote belittling the people that hold more power than he does. I’ve seen more dignity and integrity at wet t-shirt competitions.
Heh. Nah…not really..but he is kinda an ass. He strikes me as one bad day away from becoming Art Bell.
While yes, we were formed as a Republic, one can successfully argue that our system of government has indeed slowly evolved into the paticipatory democracy of my post. Little things like being able to vote without owning land, women and minorities given the vote, and the like have steered our government away from the (and let’s be honest here) aristocratic republic that the founding fathers pounded out in the beginning. Let’s go to the big boy for clarification:
Merriam-Webster defines ‘democracy’ as:
Main Entry: de?moc?ra?cy
Inflected Form(s): plural -cies
Etymology: Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dEmokratia, from dEmos + -kratia -cracy
1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
2 : a political unit that has a democratic government
3 capitalized : the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the U.S.
4 : the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority
5 : the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges.
Hmm…that pretty much sums up our system of government, now don’t it? Jae, you’re engaging in semantical hair-splitting by asserting that, because our system isn’t a straight one person/one vote/every issue/every day kind of deal, we’re not a democracy. That’s simply not true. And frankly, considering voter turn out these days, would you want that to be the case anyway?
Just a thought.