"So, did you listen further than only the first few minutes, or not? Because your replies seem as if you did not."
I did not listen further than the first few minutes but for you to guess so due to my responses to a discussion I am having concerning what someone other than Ron Paul has said is unfounded.
I am capable of understanding the meaning of a word when a word is used in context.
Quite simply, democracy is only majority rule if the majority dictate that meaning of that word, and if you do not have an accurate head count then your version of the meaning of that word is far from a majority ruling that meaning, even if Ron Paul, or several other people define the word exactly in that same way.
Quite simply the word democracy is not under your exclusive control as to its meaning.
What you actually are claiming is false concerning what I am doing, since I make no "attempt" to do anything. I state a word and then I state the meaning that I intend to be the meaning of the word I use, so as to leave as little room for mal-interpretation as possible.
If you do the same thing, then we do the same thing, but if you say that you are right for doing the same thing, and I am wrong for doing the same thing, and you back up your rightness because more people use the word your way compared the number of people who use the word my way, then what form of dictatorship are you now constructing concerning whose version of which words are more powerful than any others?
If you want to use any word that means majority rule, then you do that, and if your choice is to use the word democracy to mean majority rule than that is what you do.
If I want to use the word crime to mean majority rule, then I do that, and if you prefer to claim that my use of language is wrong, then go right ahead and do so, and go right ahead and argue with yourself as to how right you are for doing so, while I understand your self imposed argument is a confession of your own confusion concerning your power to force your definitions upon me.
Democracy does not have one official meaning shared by all, all the time, or else.
Democracy is clearly not meant to mean majority rule when democracy is used in contexts where such a meaning does not work, does not fit, and does not mean majority rule.
The speaker who uses democracy as a word to convey meaning other than majority rule may run into trouble when speaking with someone who assumes that the speaker means majority rule when the speaker does not mean majority rule.
Quite simply you are off base, off on some wild personal attack, targeting me out for daring to employ words precisely, and liberally, rather than abide by your dictatorial enforcements of the meanings of words as you see fit.
Even if my version of the definition of democracy was the only one ever used by anyone, it would still work for anyone wanting to use that definition in the context of a message having greater meaning than merely the one meaning of that one word so defined in advance.
Here is ONE example of ONE dictionary as ONE dictionary defines the meaning of the word democracy:
"the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges"
If you want to use any word to mean majority rule, then that is your power to do so as you see fit, to the extent that your word, so defined, works for you.
You claiming that your definition somehow refutes my definition, where you get to be the authority over words, and where I can only "attempt to wrongly explain" the meaning of words is what, what is that that you are doing now, in your world?
How many times have I run into people attacking me personally, shooting the messenger, and how many times have those same people confessed their true colors all within one very contradictory sentence that they author on their own authority?
"Quite simply, democracy is majority rule. What you actually attempt to wrongly explain as 'democracy' is liberty - the right of the people to do as they please, as long as they don't infringe upon the rights of others."
Who died and made you dictator of the meaning of the word democracy, as you find me guilty, without so much as a trial, concerning my failed attempt to employ one of the many diverse meanings of one word in the English language?
According to your own words, as far as the meaning appears to me, I don't have the liberty to employ the meaning of one word, according to your dictate on that matter.
"Quite simply, democracy is majority rule."
You are the dictator of the meaning of words. I am guilty of attempting, and failing, to use a meaning that does not abide by your dictate?
See how you are?
"And as Dr. Paul explains in his speech, only a republic protects liberty."
I have paid my own earnings, twice now, to hear, in person, what Ron Paul has to say, and it was well worth the expense.
If Ron Paul thinks that a republic can do anything at all, as your words suggest, then he is as wrong as you are, with that misuse of language, as I see it.
A Republic is a legal fiction, a tool, a methodology, it has no power to act, no power to think, it cannot be responsible for doing anything, it cannot be held to any account for thinking, or doing, it cannot protect, it cannot liberate, it cannot secure, it cannot be anything other than what it is, and no more.
People, my dear friend of liberty, if that it what you are, by what you say, and by what you do, protects other people, from evil dictators who do what they do best, which is CRIME.
Majority rule where the rule is exactly the same thing as any other crime is crime, no matter how many people, actual people, are involved in supporting, aiding, and abetting those crimes.
The word didn't commit the crime, isn't planning on committing another crime, and the word isn't perpetrating crimes right now. Democracy isn't responsible. Republics are responsible. People are responsible.
People are dictators when people dictate.
People are criminals when people target innocent people and then those people who are criminals define exactly what crime is when they injure those innocent people on purpose for whatever reasons they alone invent.
You are not my authority over words, please consider knowing that fact better.