You know, I read quotes like these, and similar quotes about how democracy is "nothing more than mob rule," and then hear the proponents of these views then suggest their solutions, which always in one way or another involve a loss of self-governance. They always involve giving to someone else the power to exercise dominion over you -- as in our representative system in which elected representatives infringe our rights, and unelected officials and judges make policy.
For those who think democracies only fail, I submit the Swiss Confederation as Exhibit A in support of the opposing view.
-- It has been a nation since 1291.
-- It has protected freedom of speech and religion for at least three hundred years, and arguably longer.
-- It has maintained the right to bear arms even more effectively than has the US.
-- It has resisted the centralization of political power far more effectively than has the US.
-- It has far less of a "police state" "authoritarian" mentality than the US.
-- It has less violent crime, higher income, lower national debt, and in several Cantons (States), lower effective tax rate than the US.
-- It has done all this with an even greater cultural and linguistic diversity than the US.
Before you take offense and tell me to love it or leave it, just bear in mind that I'm a dual citizen of the US and Switzerland, and I have a home there, yet I'd rather live here for a number of reasons.
It's just that I see how far the US has fallen from its former glory, in which the States and the people were truly the repository of political power and individual liberties were generally cherished by most of the people. Now, the federal government exercises power far beyond its Constitutional authority.
The result is
-- a loss of individual freedoms,
-- a loss of popular political power,
-- an increase in dependency,
-- the corruption of the representative government,
-- and a rift between various social and economic segments.
This weakens individuals, families, and the nation. Until the people of the United States recover their political power, they will be subservient to the whims of tyrannical governors.
Most of them don't even know they are already subservient to them.