The group members realize they sometimes have difficulty communicating in an orderly manner when making decisions. They insist on implementing a democracy in which everything will be fair. Emotion will be suppressed and reason will prevail.
During an essay contest, Lisa Simpson shares an impassioned speech about corruption in the United States government. The events that follow suggest the opposite: that the government is fighting corruption and serving the people. By contrast, another contestant shares his perspective of America as a land of opportunity for his immigrant family.
Recalls the return of Cleisthenes to Athens and the institution, for the first time, of government by the citizens themselves. Athenian men, rich and poor, would meet every nine days, debate, and vote on issues from the price of figs to the declaration of war.
After Plank is called King of the cul-de-sac, Eddy demands a vote between him and Plank to determine the real king. The cul-de-sac participates in an election, and Double D explains the voting process and ensures democracy's integrity through it all. Eddy has a weak campaign and tries to win by discrediting Plank and submitting multiple votes for himself.
King Shahdov is introduced to Rupert, a young boy who is an editor of the school magazine. Rupert goes off on a rant about political power and freedom. He claims that politics antagonize the people and that passports and monopolies place restrictions on individuals. He advocates for democratic values.