| Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 05:54 am |
Entirely correct, James.
By the late 1700's, sufficient historical evidence existed that the "common man" was subject to a number of factors that could negatively influence his wisdom in regards to self government.
"The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort."
--Confucius,Chinese philosopher and reformer, BC 551-479
"Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
--Epictetus,Greek philosopher associated with the Stoics, AD 55-c.135
Thus, many of the "Founding Fathers" had a strong desire to balance the potential self-destructive passions of the people against a body of wiser, more thoughtful elected representatives. Hence, the Electoral College.
How could they have envisioned a reality where corrupt leaders governed a morally bankrupt populace?
"When an opinion has taken root in a democracy and established itself in the minds of the majority, if afterward persists by itself, needing no effort to maintain it since no one attacks it. Those who at first rejected it as false come in the end to adopt it as accepted, and even those who still at the bottom of their hearts oppose it keep their views to themselves, taking great care to avoid a dangerous and futile contest."
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money"
"America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
--Alex de Tocqueveille, a brilliant French historian and political philosopher who studied the American Experiment intently, shortly after its founding.