I have gotten so tired of hearing "the will of the people" as the basis for taking votes to limit the rights and liberties of American citizens (I assume this also applies to other Democratic countries).
I have cut and pasted a response I made in another thread that I think will likely not get read by the majority of readers. It provides a link that helps outline my argument. I suggest that anyone interested in actual freedom do some further research on the topic as well.
Quoting Matt D (Reply 23):
If we start passing laws based on what the MINORITY wants, as opposed to the MAJORITY, then it becomes a dictatorship.
No. No no no no no. You are confused about the basic fundamentals of a republic and the teachings of our founding fathers, and I've tried to correct you on this a million times yet you've never really responded nor engaged in any rational defense of your position.
Majority rules sucks. Its not the foundation upon which a free state exists. Democracy, and a republic-style government, are functional only when they protect the rights and needs of the minority DESPITE the will of the majority. As I've said a billion times, and others here have too, basic civil rights were UNPOPULAR legislation. But it was the RIGHT THING TO DO.
Surely you can't defend the position that the abolition of slavery (massively unpopular), the desegregation of schools (massively unpopular) , women's suffrage (massively unpopular), and so on were failures of our democratic system. If you can, I'm all ears.
Our Constitution is SPECIFICALLY WORDED to limit the ability of the American people to vote on something that would infringe on an individual right. Our powers of election here in the US are meant to name individuals to office.
Here's some reading for you to do about the responsibility of the American state to NOT succumb to majority rule as intended by the Constitution and the founding fathers, as well as the inherent limits set in said document on the ability of someone like you to take rights away from someone like me:
It points out pretty clearly the views of Thomas Jefferson and the people who established the country, but then also points out the ways that the system fails and the folly of modern goverment to protect individual liberties. I found it pretty interesting.
[Edited 2005-06-20 18:33:15]