Democracy may have been defined by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address 1863. "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Though on the other hand Abraham Lincoln would probably be arrested todays for this radical idea. Today should it be emended to say ‘government of the party donors, by the recipients, for the vested interests!’ until a new Abraham Lincoln arrives on the scene.
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