Representative democracy lives from its representatives. Ideally, wise and responsibly acting men and women, who have already achieved something in life and have now decided to give something back to society and patriotically serve their country and its people. This is the republican ideal that Seneca imagined and wrote about for their respective societies. Dwight D. Eisenhower famously said: “Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen, who would protect the rights and privileges of free men,” MEP Antanas Guoga.
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