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>>Yep. In fact minority groups usually have easier
>>lives in constitunal democracies than in any other
>>system. Some dictatorships like Nazism were
>>institutionalitions of mob rule.
>>Modern democracies may be mob rule in disguise, at
>>least they are in disguise and not out in the open.
but whether or not its in disguise or not, its still mob rule, so the issue still is not resolved. I suppose tho that human beings being the way they are, so long as the lynch mob isn't going after them, every thing is okie-doke.
>>A constitutional democracy has a constitution
>>limiting what the government (the people!) can do to
>>people. It is not perfect, probably not even the
>>best system possible, but it sure beats complete
constitutions don't mean ****. Whats to stop a government from violating it? Its a piece of paper, thats all. A political tool to make the people feel good. A constitution is only as good as the person reading it. On one hand I could read the second ammendment to the U.S. constitution as it guarenteeing that every adult american has the right to own a gun. On the other hand, I can intrepret it as saying that only state Militias can own weapons, and thusly disarm the average citizen, and fillup police agencies with weapons of all kinds, perhaps for less that noble purposes. The point is, a constitution can be twisted, ammended, and violated with little concequence by a government. Heck, look at history. How many third world dictatorships out there have ruthless rules, with constitutions that descirbe a "republic for the people". the USSR was drafted as a new freedom and justice for its people, a freedom and justice that people just couldn't wait to escape as the Berlin Wall came down. has something to do with the common human tendency to say one thing and do another.
A Constitution is perhaps meant as a way of the government policing itself. I wonder why people trust a government to run itself, but can't trust *individuals* to run themselves. Do I need to draft my own constitution?
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