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Monday, February 13, 2006

Voting Is Not Freedom

A short article by one Glenn Woiceshyn over at capmag.com, entitled, "Democracy vs.The Essence of Liberty" (http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=4565), is worth a quick read.

Here's an excerpt:

Protecting individual rights is the essence of liberty. Leftists have downplayed individual rights, pushed "freedom to vote" as the essence of liberty, hoodwinking many into equating democracy with liberty.
The West's focus on pushing the "right to vote" instead of the protection of individual rights has led to the grotesque spectacle of enemies of liberty being voted into power.

Think Hitler.

But it's not just leftists who are responsible for conflating democracy and freedom. George W. Bush and the neocons are hell-bent on spreading democracy--not necessarily individual rights--hither and yon, especially throughout the Middle East.

Woiceshyn points out what should be old hat to us by now, but unfortunately is not: democracy is not freedom. In fact, democracy can be, and often is, the antithesis of freedom. Majority rule can, and often does, trample on the rights of individuals.

We should shun democracy once and for all. We should restore our Republic. We should restore our Constitution. And we should end the empire, close all of our overseas bases, and bring home ALL of the troops.


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