Republic, Not Democracy

I should have posted this yesterday.

The dark side of this day occurred 75 years ago in Germany when the position of the Führer was created by the simple majority of a democratic vote.

At the appointed hour on the August 19, 2009 let us take courage from the deeds of our history and resolve never to allow the dark passions of a desperate world to stain our national soul by believing that any one man or group of men are above the Constitution that empowers them. Let us move forward in our sworn duty, “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” to guard our Constitution and our Republic from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

That is why the simple majority of a democratic vote can be dangerous.

That is why our Senate gives such power to the minority.

That is why our founders did not create a Democracy, but rather a Republic.

The only part of our government that the founders intended to operate as a Democracy was the House of Representatives.

Neither Senators nor the President were intended to be chosen by a simple majority of “We the People”.

The state legislatures were to pick Senators and decide how to pick electors for President. And in the 1789 election of George Washington as our first President, only 6 of the 10 states casting electoral votes chose electors by any form of popular vote.

Our Constitution did not create a Democracy. It created a Republic. And when we pledge allegiance it is to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands.

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3 Responses to Republic, Not Democracy

  1. Aaron says:

    I don’t know how many times I have run across people who think the US is a democracy. It is frustrating enough that after a while, I just give up trying to explain what a Constitutional Republic is and how we aren’t, but they STILL cling to their idea of ‘democracy’ that they were taught in public school (dull surprise). They want to justify their cling by claiming, “…but we choose representatives to vote in our stead” and somehow that is a democracy?

    I still remember my public school teachers using nonsense terms like, “Democratic Republic” and “Representative Democracy” to describe our nation. What’s worse is that those terms came out of a small town school district with a mostly conservative population. I can’t imagine what public schools are “teaching” in the liberal areas.

  2. Article IV Section 4 of the United States Constitution:

    The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

  3. And now U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has authored a book called:

    Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View

    I think that a Justice who thinks our country is a “Democracy”, rather than a “Constitutional Republic”, should be impeached, convicted, and removed from the Judiciary.

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