The Founding Fathers recognized this tendency of the majority to sometimes act... ugly.<quoted text>
A usual, Bob you are on point.The phrase tyranny of the majority was invented for a reason. Throughout history, majorities have not been known to respect human rights. Most people in the ancient world supported slavery and the mistreatment of women. The majority of people in one religion always persecuted the minority faiths. The majority of Europeans supported the oppression of Jews.Women's rights were opposed by the majority of men. Most whites opposed civil rights for blacks. The gay marriage issue may be the 1st civil rights issue to win the popular vote.
Right now, I am reading about the case of Leo Frank, a Jew wrongly accused of the rape and murder of a white girl named Mary Phaagan. Despite the little circumstantial evidence against him, the majority of people in Atlanta thought that he was guilty because of their anti Antisemitism, they convicted him before he went to trial and intimidated the jury to convicting him. The Governor of the state, pardon Leo from his death sentence. When the people found out, they started rioting and threaten to kill the governor. They stole Frank from prison and lynched him.
Which is why they put major brakes on the majority rule: the Supreme Court, never elected, has the final power over majority-ruled lawmaking.
Roe V Wade is another excellent example where the majority of **men**-- religious men-- were against women's rights...
.. we are **still** suffering under this one, even today.