Actually, Shadow, this is a representative republic which is to say we have reprsentatives who are elected to defend the best interests of their constituents, but comport with the Constitution first and foremost. We use a democratic (majority) vote to pass measures and vote in representatives, but that is where our democratic process ends.<quoted text>
Again I beg to differ. This country is a representative democracy. The people in office were duly elected by the electorate and thus represent those in America, whether they voted or not. You had the opportunity to vote and just because you don't like who represents you in office, doesn't mean you don't have representation. The "equal representation" you refer to is a part of the Great Compromise that created Congress. The house of representatives is based on population and the Senate on equal representation.
If you want services in America you have to pay for them. You may believe we pay to much taxes but I say we don't. Only 50% of Americans pay taxes and that has affected our economy. As for "elevating" one person over another - I don't see where giving a certain group their civil rights takes away from another. It may violate their beliefs, but they still have their civil rights.
I would agree that just because my two Senators do not represent my political viewpoint does not constitute 'no representation.' HOWEVER, when those two senators vote against the majority interest of their constituency (on ObamaCare, for example) then they are NOT representing me or the interests of their constituency or the interests of the American people - THAT in fact constitutes NO REPRESENTATION, at best, TYRANNY, at worst.
You cannot give one group preference without doing damage to individual liberties. Think about preferences and set-asides, affirmative action and government subsidies for one group over another - ALL of those government actions DAMAGE my civil liberties because I PAY for the promotion of others over me while also having my legal standing as a sovereign individual devalued since I am not part of the group being "preferred."
These kinds of preferences are found throughout the Healthcare bill and are totally unconstitutional.
You are correct that not enough tax is paid by half of America. The poorest Americans pay the least in tax while using the most in government services - our progressive tax system is completely upside down and again, violates the civil rights of every American who is paying a higher percentage than his neighbor, while receiving no more in goods or services; often less.
That is neither representative democracy or republic or equal representation under the law.
At least half of the laws passed by the federal government should be repealed. The Federal Budget should be slashed by 50% and every member of Congress should be subject to every law they pass.