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“To begin with, ‘I’ll paint the town red.’”

“We’re not a democracy,” U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) Tweeted Oct. 7 setting off a minor storm in an election season made up of almost nothing but storms.

The next day Lee followed up his first Tweet with another stating “Democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prospefity [sic] are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that.”

Of course, what Lee means by the U.S. not being a democracy is pretty much the same as the Founding Fathers meant: Concentrating power into the hands of a property-owning and wealthy aristocracy. Of course, Lee’s definition has probably expanded to include “evangelical Christians and whatever other group votes for the GOP” since that’s who that line tends to appeal to. …


Joseph R. Price

Weirdo who writes futurist-tinged columns about technology and science’s impact on society by night. Unfortunately, 2020 compels me to do politics too.

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