Are We Now or Have We Ever Been… a Democracy?

A large question rears its head as we move toward the Democratic and Republican conventions this summer — to what extent is it possible to have a democracy, or even a democratic republic, in a country whose population is in excess of 320 million? When the Constitution was written, we were slightly over three million, not counting slaves that might have added another half million or so — in all, approximately a third the population of present day Los Angeles County.

The more people the more possibility of chicanery, you would think, and the less possibility of any serious direct democratic representation.

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