O'Donnell responded, "Well, I'm sorry you feel the ends justifies the means. But I don’t think Machiavellian techniques is (sic) really the foundation of democracy in America."
I'll ignore O'Donnell's apparent ignorance of the meaning of the word Machiavellian (it means cunning and duplicitous) – and probably even of who Niccolo Machiavelli was – but I cannot give her a pass on her misuse of the word democracy.
America is not now and never has been a democracy. A democracy is a lawless organization in which decisions are made on the basis of a roll call vote. America is a nation organized under a set of laws, called a Constitution, and that type of organization is called a republic.
In a republic, it doesn't make any difference if you think opening diplomatic relations with Cuba is a good idea, or if you think guns should be banned. It doesn't even make any difference if you can get 99% of the people in the country to agree with your lawlessness. In a republic, propriety is decreed by the law, not by opinion.
There are many reasons why republics are superior to democracies, not the least of which is that democracies don't work. It's impossible to maintain cohesiveness in a society – whether it's a nation or a Sunday school class – if you allow everyone to make up their own rules as they go along. If you want to live together in a group environment, you have to have a rigid code to which adherence within the group is mandatory. The alternative is chaos and group disintegration – aka democracy.
Practically, of course, republics must provide means for the law to evolve as the needs of the society evolve, but those means must of necessity be difficult to actuate in order to obviate the corrosive effects of democracy.
Democracy was a misnomer originally applied to the American republic a hundred years ago by Woodrow Wilson. And we saw the deleterious effects of democracy in the debacle he initiated known as prohibition – thirteen years of lawlessness, dissention, and crime culminating in economic disaster.
And that debacle illustrates one of the fatal flaws in democracy – proselytization. Democrats, unlike republicans, are never satisfied to just do their own thing by themselves. Religious fanatics who don't want to drink want to make the whole country dry. Lesbians want to make the whole world lesbian. Atheists want to stamp out Christianity. And liberals want to make the entire country unresponsive to the will and desires of The People.
The strength and health of a republic depends on republicans. The only way you can assure your own individual freedom is to respect and defend the individual freedoms of every other citizen of the republic. Democracy is a direct assault on that basic concept.
But of course, I would not expect a lesbian liberal like Ms O'Donnell to be capable of understanding that fact.