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Hereditary Democracy

By on 12.19.13 | 4:26PM

A friend recently remarked that if Hillary Clinton wins the election in 2016, then three families will have controlled the presidency for 32 consecutive years. Ditto Jeb Bush. That seems problematic for our constitutional republic.

Think about this duration…32 years is longer than it took 10,000 laborers to build the pyramids at Giza. You’ll have paid off the average mortgage in less time. To put it in perspective, that’s “older” than the minivan or The A-team. Kermit Gosnell was only sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The word “democracy” doesn’t appear the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution. This fact begs several questions. If the founders framed our government to protect Americans from the tyranny of a monarch (and the tyranny of the majority) then what are the implications of a hereditary democracy?

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