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Democracy In the Balance

By on 10.6.05 | 12:02PM

When he is not appearing on Jay Leno in cowboy boots, Al Gore finds time to decry the "strangeness of our public discourse." Liberals normally regard the Founding Fathers as insufficiently enlightened. But Gore today found it useful to praise the Founding Fathers as "probably"  the "most literate generation in all of history." He said they "used words with astonishing precision and believed in the Rule of Reason. Their faith in the viability of Representative Democracy rested on their trust in the wisdom of a well-informed citizenry."

It also rested on not letting the illiterate and manifestly irrational vote -- a safeguard of republics Gore will no doubt address in his next high-minded talk.

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