Majority Rule

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The drafters of the Constitution, and writers of other political documents of the 18th century, did not believe in majority rule. They made every effort to put a brake on the desires of the masses and tried to avoid a “tyranny of the majority.”

Mr. Trump is appealing in his one-man-against-the-system campaign, but unless he reins in some of the excesses, he does not stand a chance against the tight ship run by Hillary.

They feared the deleterious effects of direct democracy so they made a concerted effort to rein it in. Senators were appointed through an indirect vote and given a term of six years so they did not become sensitive to the mob rule sure to consume the House. Protections such as the Bill of Rights also reined in the legislative possibilities for the new government. And a system of checks and balances ensured no part of the government could proceed independently without the consent of at least one other branch.

The effect of unfiltered mob rule can be observed in the rallies of Donald Trump. Anything and everything is proposed for a Trump presidency including the breaking of treaties, disregard for the Geneva Convention and the ability to give unlawful orders to the U.S. military.

Mr. Trump is appealing in his one-man-against-the-system campaign, but unless he reins in some of the excesses, he does not stand a chance against the tight ship run by Hillary. A 70 percent disapproval rating among women is an unsustainable burden for any candidate seeking national election. And without any concrete women-oriented priorities, Mr. Trump faces a long slog AFTER he wins the nomination.