Monday, July 24, 2017

Should Majorities Decide Everything?

Duterte equates “democracy” with “majority rule”. Wrong. Democracy and majority rule are “not synonymous” with each other.

Democracy is a “system”. As a system, it protects “both” the majority and the minority.

The Bill of Rights is intended to protect the minority against the tyranny of the majority and the state.

“Majority rule” is merely a “way or mode of choosing or making a decision” within a democratic system.

In his SONA today Duterte bragged, “I do not have to make them happy”, referring to the forty nine percent of the population or the minority.

Duterte’s distorted belief is that the blessings of our democracy should be bestowed only on the fifty one percent of the population or the majority.

This is a classic example of “tyranny of the majority” or the “tyranny of numbers” (which is often the case in our mercenary Duterte-controlled Congress).

I wonder how he passed the major bar subject of Constitutional Law during his days at the San Beda College of Law.

His gross ignorance of the law is patent. It places at risk the democratic system of the entire country.

Listen to this short video on democracy for elucidation.


"Under a democratic system of government, how is an individual protected from the tyranny of the majority? According to Professor Munger, democratic constitutions consist of two parts: one defining the limits within which decisions can be made democratically, and the other establishing the process by which decisions will be made. In the United States Constitution, the individual is protected from majority decisions. Professor Munger warns, however, that these protections are slowly being stripped away as American courts of law fail to recognize the limits of what can be decided by majority rule. Professor Munger uses the case of Kelo v. New London to illustrate the dangers of confusing majority rule with a democratic system.

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