Monday, August 14, 2006

If Liberty Depends on Democracy, We're Doomed to Slavery

Seven dwarfs more famous than US judges: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three quarters of Americans can correctly identify two of Show White's seven dwarfs while only a quarter can name two Supreme Court Justices, according to a poll on pop culture released on Monday.

Democracy is "Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives." LIberty is "Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control." Yet, as we know very well, "the people's representatives" have piled one and another form of unjust and undue governmental control on us since the advent of TR and his cousin, FDR.

The conflation of "democracy" and "liberty" must stop. They are most decidedly not the same thing.