Stephen Wolf @PoliticsWolf @DKElections staff writer covering voting rights, gerrymandering, maps, & poli sci. Get the free Voting Rights Roundup weekly newsletter dkel.ec/votingr Aug. 05, 2019 1 min read

It's amazing how tweeting about the political difficulty of new guns laws invariably brings out the "we're a republic, not a democracy" crowd. Sorry, we're actually both, & that high school misunderstanding is a poor excuse for undemocratic institutions  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/05/13/is-the-united-states-of-america-a-republic-or-a-democracy/?utm_term=.e6bda278f80e 

"We can't get rid of the Electoral College, that's mob rule"

I guess every state governor is a mobster

"We can't abolish Senate malapportionment, that's mob rule"

I guess all state senates are mob legislative chambers

"We're a republic, not a democracy"

It's so idiotic 🙄

In the era of Donald Trump, every Democrat running for state legislative office needs to be committed to a massive overhaul of civics education in k-12 schools

This includes a need to have the most basic understanding of comparative political systems. It's infuriating how many contemporary commentators on things like political institutions appear to have almost no knowledge of relevant comparative institutions

Here's Ronald Reagan promoting the spread of democracy. I guess he's just out for the interests of the "mob"  https://www.nytimes.com/1982/06/09/world/text-of-reagan-s-address-to-parliament-on-promoting-democracy.html 

Here's George W. Bush promoting the spread of democracy. I guess he's just out for the interests of the "mob"  http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/01/20/bush.speech/ 

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