After recent revelations of various state delegation selection processes, many have been prompted to ask, “Don’t we live in a democracy?” Well, actually, no.
While it is obvious that the “establishment” of both the Democrat and Republican parties have completely corrupted the system to ensure their power, America is definitely not a democracy.
In a 2006 speech, Daneen G. Peterson, Ph.D. explained our governing system as follows:
“Many people are under the false impression our form of government is a democracy, or representative democracy. This is of course completely untrue. The Founders were extremely knowledgeable about the issue of democracy and feared a democracy as much as a monarchy. They understood that the only entity that can take away the people’s freedom is their own government, either by being too weak to protect them from external threats or by becoming too powerful and taking over every aspect of life.
“They knew very well the meaning of the word “democracy”, and the history of democracies; and they were deliberately doing everything in their power to prevent having a democracy.
“In a Republic, the sovereignty resides with the people themselves. In a Republic, one may act on his own or through his representatives when he chooses to solve a problem. The people have no obligation to the government; instead, the government is a servant of the people, and obliged to its owner, We the People. Many politicians have lost sight of that fact.
“A Constitutional Republic has some similarities to democracy in that it uses democratic processes to elect representatives and pass new laws, etc. The critical difference lies in the fact that a Constitutional Republic has a Constitution that limits the powers of the government. It also spells out how the government is structured, creating checks on its power and balancing power between the different branches.”
“Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
Benjamin Franklin described it this way: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”
Thomas Jefferson characterized a democracy as “nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” When the mob rules, they can disregard laws to suit what they themselves deemed right. The Klu Klux Klan followed this principle when they strung people up in trees just because of the color of their skin. They were their own democracy and executed justice as they saw fit, not as the law allowed.
This is why the Founders fought for freedom and avoided any sort of opportunity for a tyrannical dictator. While we are a nation of “We the people,” we achieve that by following a Constitution specifically designed to limit the power of that government.
The Founders despised democracy so much, the word was never used in the Constitution. They did, however, make it clear what they were forming:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion” — Article IV Section 4, of the Constitution.
At the Constitutional Convention, Alexander Hamilton illustrated, “We are now forming a Republican form of government. Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy or some other form of dictatorship.”
James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, argued in Federalist Paper #10, “Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths… A republic, by which I mean a government in which a scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking.”
Being we are a nation of laws, we are not a democracy. If we were a democracy, we would not have needed a Constitution.
Our system is broken. The corruption, backstabbing, and crookedness within our government is staggering. Some are so angry they have abandoned the idea of correcting the problem, but instead want to make Washington pay. John Adams described that pit as “A true democracy is not just when the majority decides they want to perish, its when they force the minority to die with them!”
If we don’t like the rules, or the laws, we do not achieve positive change by burning down the world around us. We work within a system to fix it.
So we must be careful to educate ourselves on our own government before we destroy what has been given to us. As Patrick Henry warned: “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.“
After signing the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a passerby what kind of government they gave America. He declared, ”A Republic, if you can keep it.”
What say you, America? Can we keep it? Are we the generation who will let our anger or our selfish wants overpower our reason or, like are forefathers, are we going to fight to keep the Republic and the Constitution? It’s up to you.
But that’s just my 2 cents.