What is the defining right of a representative democracy?

By admin ~ November 3rd, 2010 @ 8:34 pm
A. The right to petition the government
B. The right to vote
C. The right to freedom of religion
D. The right to a jury trial
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4 Responses to What is the defining right of a representative democracy?

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    …The Constitution itself !

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    B. The right to vote

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    That’s an oddly constructed question that leaves out the essential rights that make any form of government sustainable. The rights to Life, Liberty, and Private Property under Natural Law and a government, of any form, that only exists to protect those rights equally for all citizens is the defining right of any free society.

    A. is just an extension of individual rights under natural law

    B. is meaningless sophistry used to draw emotional responses from imbeciles. Universal suffrage in a literal sense has never been followed by any society in the history of the world. Each representative government puts limitations on who can vote. That does not make them unrepresentative, it is a necessary process of weeding out those incapable of the cognitive processes deemed necessary by those influencing such standards. What is needed is an electorate that understands the source of their freedom and the implications of permitting state sanctioned violations of individual rights to Life, Liberty, and Private Property. In the US the founders chose ownership of private property to be the prerequisite for voting. Not out of some racist or sexist motivation as asserted by modern statists but because those who own property are less likely to vote for politicians who will violate their rights and the rights of others. Those who do not own property are more likely to vote for politicians who will sanction the confiscation and redistribution of the property of other people. By today’s standards, those who have a federal income tax liability would be eligible to vote. Race and sex don’t matter under this standard, freedom does. In practice, in every representative democracy, voting is a privilege practiced by a group of citizens that meet a criteria. By definition, that is not a right.

    C. is just an extension of individual rights under natural law

    D. is just an extension of individual rights under natural law

    It’s odd that the author of this apparent test question for a school project would be willing to forgo the entire Bill of Rights in favor of what is by practical definition a privilege engaged in by people who meet a specific criteria rather than a right retained by all free people by virtue of their being human.

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