America is not really a democracy

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By JAKE
MOKRIS
Homer. Marge. Bart and Lisa. Maggie. Mr. Flanders. Moe. Smithers. I have not watched “The Simpsons

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5 Responses to America is not really a democracy

  1. Small Axe says:

    Jake,
    You are a great example of the effectiveness of home schooling. I’m 38 and I can tell you have wisdom beyond your years. Way to go Jake! I agree with your assesment on the ignorance of the masses too. Did you hear about the HS teacher in Denver who was suspended for encouraging student to actually THINK deeply about our government? yep, check it out here:
    http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/03/03/teacher.bush.ap/
    - Willie.

  2. Kathy says:

    The Simpsons’ poll was not exactly scientific or accurate. The Simpsons show has been on for 15 years or more, and the Simpsons are seen on commercials, coloring books, clothes, toys, monopoly games, and even fast-food toys. You’d have to be a hermit not to know the characters.
    The poll is more a reflection of our culture and what our culture promotes – entertainment and not education, especially history and government. A good study of past presidential decisions/opinions, legislation, and court opinions is a very telling way to see how our current views about the Constitution and proper role of government are misguided.
    Regarding the graduated income tax…most people seem to think that the wealthy can afford to pay more taxes and therefore should. They don’t realize that by paying more in taxes, the wealthy can no longer buy that big boat, make a huge charitable donation, hire more people at that new factory, etc. All of those “purchases” contribute to a healthy economy. In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand wrote about a society that collapsed because of taxation and overregulation of the business rich. Food for thought.
    Finally, if America isn’t a democracy, why are we always talking about bringing democracy to other countries?

  3. J Eaves says:

    Jake,
    You are correct and I am one of the guilty ones. I am afraid I do not know the Constitution the way I should. Hopefully I can correct that and become a more informed individual because I do love our countyr.

  4. Katie says:

    Another article on a thought-provoking subject. Thanks for “sounding out” on it.
    You’ve mentioned about going to college – what do you plan on taking?
    ~*~ Katie ~*~

  5. Jake says:

    Thanks for commenting on my article (and on some of my previous articles), Katie.
    In response to your question, I plan on becoming a physicist. I’m going to major in physics, and I might take a double major in physics and mathematics. I will probably minor in philosophy.

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