05 July 2011

July 4th, part 2

Part 1 was George Carlin. Here's Part 2:

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not sure what the message is here is supposed to be but Jefferson definitely favored both democracy and a bill of rights. He did not say, however, "democracy is nothing more than mob rule," according to: http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/more-false-founders-quotes-plague-american-discourse/

David Zetland said...

@Anon -- thanks! I found a better cite: http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/democracy-nothing-more-mob-rule

I assume that Jefferson WOULD worry about mob rule -- hence the Bill of Rights, i.e.,

"[A] bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse."
--- Thomas Jefferson December 20, 1787

http://www.aclu.org/racial-justice_prisoners-rights_drug-law-reform_immigrants-rights/bill-rights-brief-history

Tim in Albion said...

Fortunately for the 49%, Jefferson et al did not establish a Democracy but "A Republic, if you can keep it." Though nowadays the difference seems to be largely ignored.