I should cleanse the philsophical air with a rebuttal quote to my previous post about the limitations of democracy. I would also like to mention that I believe democracy to be as good a government as exists at the time, but it seems to breed laziness, a laziness of the intellect. People seem to be unable to discern attributes in their leaders that are actually positive or negative in proper leadership, rather than ones that are perceived to be so.
Democracy in itself might be a positive, but if we use the following quote as a benchmark, then the American manifestation of democracy is creeping further and further towards an oligarchy.
On a side note of appreciation, Aristotle is as relevant now as he ever was.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.”