Some are still mad that a real Black man is still in the White House as race does matter in America.
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So you believe that we should abandon laws and submit to the will of this band of extremists? Does protection of the minority include gerrymandered congressional districts that created this situation in the first place? Most Americans voted against the Republicans in the House elections. Respect for the minority cannot mean that the majority is to be silenced by extremists.
Russell " Skip" Barbour Ph.D.
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Don't think you need a 'smart sociologist.' Rather, what's needed is a basic civics lesson.
Remember this axiom? "In a democracy, the majority rules."
Sorry, but the 'majority' sometimes forgets the COMPLETE description of democracy -
"In a democracy the majority rules, at the consent of the minority."
In a democracy the minority is the most important constituency by far!
Fortunately, it is rare that we need to take out the ol' democracy handbook. Well, this is one of those times.
Quite to the contrary, the fear is manifest in POTUS & Reid. They are terrified of minority factions. Instead of protecting and nurturing the minority, the hallmark of flourishing liberal democracy, they behave as textbook demagogues.
If you need a primer on democracy, that French guy with the really long name is excellent.
"If it be admitted that a man possessing absolute power may misuse that power by wronging his adversaries, why should not a majority be liable to the same reproach? Men do not change their characters by uniting with one another; nor does their patience in the presence of obstacles increase with their strength. For my own part, I cannot believe it; the power to do everything, which I should refuse to one of my equals, I will never grant to any number of them."
- Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville,
"Tyranny of the Majority,"
Chapter XV, Book 1,
Democracy in America
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