We need to be very careful who we follow. In The Gathering Storm, the first volume of his enthralling history of the Second World War, Winston Churchill writes that in 1932, that malignant little pustule of a human being, Adolf Hitler (Churchill calls him "the Corporal"), had beguiled thirteen million German voters. What that says about the collective wisdom of the fickle masses is not flattering, and I personally doubt that the masses in most other times and most other lands can lay claim to much better judgment than the Germans of 1932. I know little about the style of government in Germany in 1932 and I think I'm almost as ignorant about the style of our own. (And many other factors conspired to darken history's pages with the likes of Hitler.) But, I'm thankful that we are a Republic, not a pure democracy. In theory, at least, our people elect the best and the brightest among us to represent us in government and enact the laws that govern our land. If we get bad laws and ineffective government, it's because "we the people" have elected too many of the wrong people to represent us. Our system certainly has its flaws, but, in my opinion, it is immeasurably better than a pure democracy. I suppose, theoretically, in our modern technological society we could adopt some system where each voter in our land voted for officials and laws simply by pressing a button on his computer. Away with Congress! We could run the land ourselves. (We'd certainly also do away with the electoral college in presidential elections and the masses in the big cities would always and forever trump the less populous masses in rural America.) Were we ever to become a "pure democracy," I'd be on the first boat back to England and "God save the Queen!" Back to the story. Churchill says that when, in 1932, Germany's old Field Marshal von Hindenburg saw Hitler, he said, "That man for Chancellor? I'll make him a postmaster and he can lick stamps with my head on them." Hindenburg evidently recognized a pygmy when he saw one, but the people had spoken