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Democracy at risk of being overwhelmed

Published: February 6, 2014 4:00 AM

In their excellent new book, "Dollarocracy," John Nichols and Robert McChesney remind us of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis told us a century ago, that "We can either have Democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."

There is very good reason to believe that we are presently experiencing "great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few." One needs only to read the daily news, watch it on TV or listen to it on radio to understand that while we may not yet have actually lost our democracy, we are most certainly headed in this direction.

Unless we awaken to that fact, and begin to take Brandeis' warning seriously, our democracy will have slipped away. Getting it back will not be an easy matter.

Theodore J. Voneida, Kent

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jimlighton Feb 7, 2014 12:47 PM

"How was our 'DEMOCRACY' taken away, when Vanderbilt was on his thrown.  

"How was our 'DEMOCRACY' taken away, when Henry Ford was on his thrown.

"How 'IS' our 'DEMOCRACY' being taken away, with Warren Buffet on his thrown????


And, 'EVERY ONE' of the above 'SMALL EXAMPLE' of entrepeneaurs did or 'DO' their part to keep this country 'AFLOAT' by creating J O B's!!!

Your argument is ridiculous and 'SMELLS' of  'YOUOWEME'!!!!"

"I don't give a 'GIANT RAT'S ***' how much money others make, as 'LONG' as they 'RE-INVEST' their monies in 'OUR' markets!!!"

little_r_republican Feb 6, 2014 12:09 PM

mrgran...well said.

mrgransport Feb 6, 2014 8:37 AM

We do not want Democracy unless we want constant civil unrest. You talk about our "Democracy" being at risk- we are not a Democracy- we are a Constitutional Republic. Big difference. The move to Democracy is always in history signaled the decline and eventual demise of a society.

little_r_republican Feb 6, 2014 8:19 AM

Democracy doesn't work. It always becomes mob rule. Our republic began the slippery slope towards democracy with the 17th amendment. Big government just keeps getting bigger and bigger and more powerful.