Polls Are Pretty Useless

TV news lives on polls, but I don’t think they are accurate.  They show to some extent what some people are thinking, but they don’t necessarily predict the outcome of elections unless there is a substantial spread between the responses.  I would not even trust a 10% differential.  I think there are many people, like … Continue reading Polls Are Pretty Useless

Founding Fathers Feared Pure Democracy

The Founding Fathers were not enthusiastic about pure democracy.  In his excellent book, The Quartet, historian Joseph Ellis describes James Madison’s views on a democracy that represented the direct choices of “the people.”  “Madison’s experience at both the state and the federal level had convinced him that “the people” was not some benevolent, harmonious collective … Continue reading Founding Fathers Feared Pure Democracy