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Swangirl Premium
The U.S. is not a direct democracy (one person, one vote). My husband was a history major in college and gets so annoyed every day when someone refers to the U.S. as a democracy. This is a matter of interpretation however. We are not a direct democracy but we are a representative democracy (that is why Trump won vs. Hillary even though she won the popular vote). More people voted for Hillary so in a direct democracy she would have won.
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Loes Premium
I know Hillary won on votes, but the system you use made her lose
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, but I am just pointing out the difference between a direct democracy (which is what most of the comments here seem to be referring to) and what we really have. I am not saying which is better. People are criticizing "mob mentality" but that is exactly what our system is supposed to avoid. Ironically, we are having awful problems anyway.
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Loes Premium
I understand, I rather have our multiple party democracy over your 2 party system though
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Swangirl Premium
Absolutely!! I am so sick of our two party system. Though it is there for a reason I guess...I really wish there was a way for a more moderate party to gain traction though. I am so sick of the constant back and forth between extremes. Moderation is viewed as selling out here to many. I am very much a moderate myself. I am not registered with either party but as an independent. I have never been registered with either party.
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Loes Premium
That's going to be a long road, to change a system like that
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MKearns Premium
The "disadvantaged" are having a problem in the US now Loes!
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Loes Premium
We need another system Michael
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Steve1958 Premium
lol
Your response below is what popped into my head!

Democracy is letting the mob `think` they have a vote!
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Loes Premium
That's exactly what it is Steve
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Steve1958 Premium
I couldn't agree more!

It's exactly the same down here...
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Jim-Bo Premium
Democracy is an illusion that is just two sides of the same coin.
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Loes Premium
Democracy is being killed by backroom politics Jimbo
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mickeyb123 Premium
True, actual democracy (small d) is nothing but mob rule.

All around the world, democracy is often facilitated by a gun.
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Loes Premium
Democracy is letting the mob `think` they have a vote
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mickeyb123 Premium
That is why the US founding fathers decided against as they were creating this wonderful experiment!
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MKearns Premium
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/democracy
Of the people. The problem is that people need to be educated and must want to be educated to keep from being consumable sheep Loes!
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Loes Premium
I hear my husband when we are running through disadvantaged neighborhoods, he then says: `And `that` is going to vote too"
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AGOgden Premium
Interesting view of democracy...
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Loes Premium
It´s just that the strongest wins, Arthur
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Hi, Loes, democracy? A turkey voting for Christmas.

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Often attributed to Voltaire, but actually it was Evelyn Beatrice Hall who said it, although Oscar Wilde did a humorous version of it:

'I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.'
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Loes Premium
It would become very dull when everybody would agree;)
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Jim-Bo Premium
lol. I disagree...
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Harrysastar2 Premium
That's what democracy is all about.
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Loes Premium
Lol Jimbo :))
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Loes Premium
To disagree, yes Harry, but there is always a group stronger than the other
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Hi, Loes, so it becomes the law of the jungle, the survival of the fittest?
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Loes Premium
Yes, survival of the fittest
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MKearns Premium
I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it! Voltaire and Evelyn Hall
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Loes Premium
I like a good discussion, Michael;)
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tomanec Premium
The sheep in between...
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Loes Premium
I believe he's screwed:(
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Sipke Premium
Ha ha, nice
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Loes Premium
Zie je het voor je Marion? de wolf VVD en de PvdA het schaapje?
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Sipke Premium
ja, helemaal!
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nelsonrosa77 Premium
You are completely right Loes. Hahaha. LOL.
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Loes Premium
Thanks :)
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xanfo Premium
Respecting each other opinion. My opinion may differ from yours but I've my freedom to choose and decide.
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Loes Premium
I like that kind of freedom too:)
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Lbath5 Premium
Lol! So true!
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Loes Premium
Yes it is:) Thanks Linda
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AStone1 Premium
2000 years ago they asked that same thing!
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Loes Premium
Democracy is nothing more than "letting" people think they are in charge
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speedking Premium
Depends?
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Loes Premium
Depends on what, Johan?
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speedking Premium
On the people!
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Loes Premium
I think it depends on where the money flows, follow the money and you 'll discover the real power
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speedking Premium
Yip that is so true, history repeats itself as well.....sometimes very scary when you discover who controls the big bucks.
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Chezbrown Premium
Thanks for this Loes. Have a great Sunday. Xx
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Loes Premium
Thanks Cheryl xx
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Chezbrown Premium
You're welcome. Xx
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jvranjes Premium
While indeed democracy has no alternative, it is also self-destructive. I am convinced we shall see this already in our lifetime Loes (we are about the same age). Do not wish to elaborate here as this is not the place, but some day you might remember my words.
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Loes Premium
I hear you Jovo
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nelsonrosa77 Premium
You are completely right, till the return of Christ Jesus.
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jvranjes Premium
I am afraid this is not my way of thinking. I can only envy those who believe, they must feel protected.
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Martstervt Premium
LOL point taken:-)
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