Dangers of democracy

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    I recently attended a town hall meeting and was very disappointed with what I heard . The sentiment in the room was a dissatisfaction with our Nation's shift toward socialism and the feeling that our Constitution is being ignored . In the course of discussion the subject of term limits for elected officials came up , and the crowd was generally in favor of somehow imposing them . In my opinion term limits are ridiculous . Why would you kick somebody out of office if they're doing a good job ? But what really disappointed me is that people who felt the Constitution was being ignored wanted to correct the problem by messing with the Constitution .
     
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    Tyranny of the majority is tyranny nevertheless.

    Reason the Founding Fathers REJECTED democracy in favor of a Constitutional Republic.


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    They want to correct the problem by ADHERING TO the Constitution. That is not "messing with it."
     
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    Personally I think term limits one of the best ideas yet. Two for the senate and 4 for congress. If you can't get what you want done in that time then give someone else a chance. I also attended a town hall and the worry wasn't with a move towards socialism but that a move towards socialism wouldn't alter the status-quo of our current socialized medicine. Them old people seem to really like their socialized medicine...
     
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    Health and lifestyle forum? A political issue?!?! It addresses a Bill from this year.


    That sucks. You suck.
     
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    How does this eliminate tyranny of the majority? Who elects the representatives and if the representatives fails to do the bidding of the majority what happens?
     
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    I don't recall the Constitution saying anything about term limits . Adhering to the Constitution to institute term limits would mean calling for an amendment , As elected officials already serve a limited number of years and can then either be re-elected , or voted out , amending the Constitution to include term limits would indeed be messing with it . If it ain't broke don't fix it .
     
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    That's the point, whale. Some people think it is broke and term limits would fix it. I'm not necesarily among them, but if they want to go for an amendment it's their call - and they might just succeed.
     
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    I don't necessarily want to see mandatory term limits, but our current system is indeed broken. If we can't get serious about campaign finance reform, then perhaps we need to look at amending the Constitution to term limit some of these people.
     
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    You act as if the Constitution was the byproduct of some noble and intellectual enterprise. It wasn't.
     

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