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DEMOCRACY, government. That form of government in which the sovereign power is exercised by the people in a body, as was the practice in some of the states of Ancient Greece; the term representative democracy has been given to a republican government like that of the United States.

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Tamoszius had tried to explain to Jurgis what it was all about, but Jurgis, who was not of an imaginative turn, had never quire got it straight; at present he was content with his companion's explanation that the Socialists were the enemies of American institutions--could not be bought, and would not combine or make any sort of a "dicker." Mike Scully was very much worried over the opportunity which his last deal gave to them--the stockyards Democrats were furious at the idea of a rich capitalist for their candidate, and while they were changing they might possibly conclude that a Socialist firebrand was preferable to a Republican bum.
Born democrats, we are nowise qualified to judge of monarchy, which, to our fathers living in the monarchical idea, was also relatively right.
I am a ferocious democrat. By birth I am vieille roche; a good little bit of the history of France is the history of my family.
The Democrats take the offices, as a general rule, because they need them, and because the practice of many years has made it the law of political warfare, which unless a different system be proclaimed, it was weakness and cowardice to murmur at.
Then, moreover, as regarded his unceremonious ejectment, the late Surveyor was not altogether ill-pleased to be recognised by the Whigs as an enemy; since his inactivity in political affairs -- his tendency to roam, at will, in that broad and quiet field where all mankind may meet, rather than confine himself to those narrow paths where brethren of the same household must diverge from one another -- had sometimes made it questionable with his brother Democrats whether he was a friend.
One fell into a condition where everything acted against the natural tendency, and the other where everything acted for it; and so one turned out a pretty wilful, stout, overbearing old democrat, and the other a wilful, stout old despot.
She is a democrat, her husband is a republican, and both of them are Baptists."
He must be a fool, for he contested the last Birmingham election, and came out at the foot of the poll with thirty-two votes through calling himself a Social Democrat or some such foreign rubbish, instead of saying out like a man that he was a Radical.
You pompously call yourselves Republicans and Democrats. There is no Republican Party.
Oligarchs and democrats go wrong in their conception of the good.
The tarantulas are the Socialists and Democrats. This discourse offers us an analysis of their mental attitude.
“ The national convention ‘— hum, hum—’ unfortunate Louis’—hum, hum—’example of your Washington’—a very sensible man, I declare, and none of your crazy democrats. Hum, hum—’our gallant navy’—hum, hum—’under our most excellent monarch’—ay, a good man enough, that King George, but bad advisers: hum, hum—’I beg to conclude with assurances of my perfect respect.’—hum, hum—’Andrew Holt.

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