I have rather completely concluded from Thomas Paine's Rights of Man that Burke was no stalwart of Democracy in any form. While I am happy to defer to an intelligent, qualified Representative on issues of no importance to me or on which I have to confess limiting ignorance, that Representative remains My Public Servant, hired by my vote and paid from my taxes. I reserve always the right to argue forcefully for my position on any issue that moves me to do so, just as I reserve the right to advocate forcefully for the replacement of any poorly performing Representative. The genius of our Constitution is the placing ultimate authority in the hands of those citizens inclined to exercise it by petitioning their government, hounding their Representatives, and firing any and all they view unfavorably--the educated, informed voters. The Electors of Bristol should have been so lucky.
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