Democracy and freedom are distinct phenomena. Persons interested in their own wellbeing and the health of civilization should champion freedom, which entails limits to what majorities can command or force. Otherwise voters--in inevitable moments of fear, ignorance, cruelty, envy, or idiocy--can easily plunder, restrict, or disarm their neighbors, as they frequently do. (I know money and patronage enter heavily into matters as well--as in Bill Gates' contributions to the 594 campaign, for example.) Thanks for letting me share. I'm done now. Best wishes to all.