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Look at Greece today. How long did democracy last? 200 years?
Tireless traveler what do you mean?
Tirelesstraveler, that is irelevant to the question which didn't queery the length of time a country had a democratic principle.
Was it Winston Churchill who said "Those who refuse to look at history are destine to repeat it"? Either democracy can stand the test of time or not. If 200 years is the full run, why bother.
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Sherry Hewins says
I believe the 10 commandments were given to Abraham who became the father of the Jews first. Ishmael was his son too and he became the father of Islam.
OK, I'm not dissing the commandments, but I still don't get what the connection is between the ten commandments and democracy? Our government is supposed to be separate from any religion.
Sherry, it seems to me like you do not understand the separation clause. It is not intended to put up a wall between religious men and government but rather to keep government from forcing any one religion on the people.
Where profanity rules are enforced in schools there is no bullying. How many swear words include God in some way?
The ten commandments were given to Moses, not Abraham. There are big differences in the covenants of Abraham and the one of Moses.
contrary to common belief, the church/state separation was to make sure that religions did not interfere/influence politics - the main reason people fled to America in the first place.
d.williams, It was to make sure that the government did not dictate how people could or could not worship...it was NOT to keep faith out of the public domain...read the Founders.
History has a way of being twisted to accommodate the beliefs of the individual. According to some experts our history is rewritten quite frequently to reflect the ideas of the current political neophytes.
Sue you are so correct. Moses not Abraham. Brain Freeze.
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d. totally agree that the commandments are basic rules of common sense and decency. Could a case be made that the commandments came before decency? Can you have democracy without decency?
No decency came long before the commandments, democracy grew completely separate to the commandments in Classical Greece thousands of years ago.
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Mitch Alan says
Sue St. Clair says
Democracy is the best available today. the alternatives in the U.S. are theocracy or the current plutocracy, both of which do not serve the people. True Democracy can only work with the use of fundamental human/equal rights w/o religious influences
Democracy is not the best available. There is 'federated republic', which we began as. There is also 'confederations' and other models of government. Democracy occurs when things degrade to the point of mob rules, and is barely above street thuggery.
Your response amused me. These are the descriptions of persons who think with their passions and not their intellects.
I certainly hope Democracy isn't the best we can get d.william. Democracy when you follow it throughout history always evolves into a dictatorship and ultimately ruin.
d. Williams, a true democracy (which we are not) could only work for the benefit of it's people if all, or atleast a super majority, believed in a set of laws that transcend the whims of the individual...mob rules without that, fails...
I disagree. Democracy is not the best. A representative republic is very much preferred over a democracy since it preserves minority views, while democracy often tramples them and everything else in the name of 'THE PEOPLE'.
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