RSCDS Membership

Ian Thomson

Message 33047 · 14 Dec 2002 02:12:11 · Variable-width font · Whole thread

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Yes, but what percentage of your 300million population actually go out and
vote?
Here in Australia, voting is compulsory, so we really do get the
governments we deserve!
The trouble is, we have to wait so long before we can vote them out.

Ian
At 07:53 13/12/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Nitpickers might want to point out that what we have in the U.S. of A. is
>not a democracy but a republic?
>In ancient Greece the citizens got together in the marketplace to decide
>the course of events, or so we read. Nowadays, in a country of getting on
>for 300 million the elected representatives pretty much have a free hand
>once they're in, but if we don't like the results we're supposed to vote
>the bums out.
>
>Becky
>
>Becky Sager
>Marietta GA USA
>
> > We obviously have different ideas about democracy.
> > In the UK we have elections to select members of parliament, and
> > then these
> > representatives make the decisions (laws)
> >
> > In the US I believe they have a somewhat similar system.
> >
> > What "democracies" do not do is hold referendums on every subject.

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