Civics 101: Why We're A Republic


Curtsy: CMR

An Occupy Atlanta crowd refuses to hear Congressman John Lewis. That's sort of humorous, and I can understand a fed up crowd being unwilling to have a career politician muscle in on their action. I also don't mind career politicians being reminded they're just citizens.

That's not the reason the crowd gives, however. What they say is that letting him speak would imply he's better than they are. There is no understanding of representative government. They really think of elections in themselves as the creation of a class or state of nobility.

The crowd repetition of everything is annoying; I suppose it's a technique for letting everyone hear. Now imagine trying to function that way in any political entity larger than a small town, and re-dedicate yourself to republican government and teach your children.