The Might of the Majority

“Majority rules.”  So those of us were taught when, once upon a time, civics was part of public school curriculum.  But what of the legitimate rights of minorities? As a practical matter, they no longer exist.  Perhaps they never did.  

E pluribus unum—”out of many, one”.  Our nation’s Constitution was cobbled together by representatives of diverse nation states each with its own sentiments, customs and prejudices.  Each was jealous of encroachment by greater states or coalitions of lesser states.  Rights of minority interests were paramount in their minds.