Originally Posted by peacepipe
BS,will of the people is decided by the majority,not by a minority simply because they are more spread out.
In a pure democracy a 51% majority would have total control of the 49% minority. This is why the original framers of the constitution were very careful to define our form of government as a republic, were the minority was still protected by the rule of law. The Constitution does not provide for national ballot initiatives or referendums to be decided by popular vote but are left to the wisdom of our elected representatives. This is where Obama is off base when he says, "the people have spoken" or given him a mandate to carry out his policies. The president must work within the framework of the constitution and through the elected representatives of congress.