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Old August 14 2012, 05:35 AM   #85
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Re: Is the Federation a True Democracy? And How Did It Reach That Poin

R. Star wrote: View Post
"President" is just a word in the end.
Words have meanings. They have very specific meanings. Now, you have your interpretation and you're entitled to it, but the fact remains that your interpretation requires adding a lot of extra-textual evidence not present in the actual episodes to make it work: Your interpretation requires re-defining the word "president" to mean something it simply does not mean.

The simplest solution -would- be for the council to elect the said leader, since you're touting that the simplest approach.
I am not touting the "simplest" approach. I am touting the interpretation of the canonical evidence that requires the fewest extra add-on assumptions.

ThePatriot1776 wrote: View Post
Actually, the President of the United States is not elected by the people either.
Yes, and the Electoral College is a horrible, undemocratic, and abusive institution that should have been abolished decades ago, along with Jim Crow, property requirements for voting, and state legislators picking Senators. It's absolutely not something a real democracy should copy.
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