Republic? What republic?

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 16 Aug 2009 13:14:12 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Paul Bonneau at The Libertarian Enterprise - a civics lesson you will never hear in a government school. [tle]

This idea of a "representative republic" stands on the assumption that the people supposedly representing us, have more sense than the average Joe, and better morals. But what happens when the reverse is the case, as it so clearly seems to be? What happens when members of legislative bodies are actually, on average, our mental and moral inferiors? What happens when many if not most of them are actually psychopaths, without any conscience at all? Is being a representative republic such a great deal then?

To me, the phrase "representative republic" is just a euphemism for "oligarchy". Just another propaganda term thrown out there by the ruling class to pull the wool over our eyes. There is no sense in which the two senators and one representative of the State of Wyoming represent me. When someone represents me, that person does my bidding. The times I have bothered writing these so-called representatives, boiled down to my begging them not to do the opposite of what I want (I've mostly given up on the practice, as it is a waste of time). How can they represent me, when they don't even know what I want--assuming they cared (which they don't)? How can they represent me, when my neighbor whom they also represent, wants the opposite of what I want?

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