A. They were jointly and individually threatened with a lawsuit.
B. They were persuaded by a room full of "well armed sheep".
In a democracy you have two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for lunch.
In a Republic you have a well armed sheep to contest that vote.
One of the councilmen even spouted off something about "our" democracy.
Welcome to the Republic.
The Constitution Stands.
"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad
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