Originally Posted by Drek
What's your point?
That you have a hard time understanding that the line
"the entire reason our government is a representative republic and not a true democracy, is because our founding fathers understood that the masses were not capable of acting in their own best long term interests. The very reason our government exists is to protect these people from themselves, be that electorally or fiscally by enacting minimum wages, ensuring universal health care, etc.."
Uses "these people" and "themselves" in the collective tense? Hence why it is then followed by large scale programs like minimum wage laws and universal health care?
So are you just a weak reader or do you have some other kind of point you were trying to make here? Because your post actually fits perfectly with the argument I was making.
I'll let Thomas Jefferson say it for me.
"if we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy."
-The man whose every breath is Constitution