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Thursday and Friday of this week I am attending the Tenth Amendment Summit in Atlanta, at which, for the first time in public (this blog/website not counting!) I announced that I am running for Barbara Boxer’s Seat in the Senate in California. Senator Barbara Boxer is a hard core establishmentarian Democrat of the modern “socialist” tradition, and if there is any hope of ever restoring the United States of America to its status as “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, the word “Democrat” has to mean something other than “socialist.” There was some discussion on Thursday night about the meaning of the words “Democratic” and “Republican” and “Federalist.” “Federalism” of course lies at the heart of the Tenth Amendment debate. “Federal Revenue Sharing” is close to 100% of what State governments spend these days. “Demokratia”, meaning in Greek “rule by the people,” is contrasted with “Res publicae” which is simply Latin for “Common Wealth.” In terms of ancient history, which is kind of a hobby of mine I guess, being a former archaeologist, the two words are not competing terms. A Commonwealth (Republic) could be a Democracy or a Monarchy or an Oligarchy. The United States at the present time is best described, in my opinion, as a Plutocratic Oligarchy (an elite ruled nation whose elite is defined solely by monetary wealth rather than productivity or education or anything else). Plato in his book “The Laws” opined that an Oligarchy was the worst of all possible forms of government, because it was less susceptible to change and reform once it had “gone bad.”