We’re a Republic, NOT a Democracy

 “A Democracy is the vilest form of Government there is.”
Thomas Paine, Father of the American Revolution.

My post Best Way 2 Control the Masses has garnered some insightful comments. One reader said:

Well, here’s some nice fellow, who doesn’t know that the United States is BOTH a “democracy” and a “republic.” The statements are not in opposition to each other, but relate to different aspects of government,

DEMOCRACY: Comes from the Greek demos = people, and kratia = rule of. So, democracy is the rule of the people and relates to where sovereignty is vested. Democracy is for example opposed to plutocracy, where sovereignty is vested in the rich, or theocracy, where sovereignty is vested in religious functionaries, or oligarchy, or other various and sundry possibilities. But sovereignty needs to be vested somewhere, and this fellow seems to be quite uniformed, when he asserts that the United States is not a democracy.

REPUBLIC: Comes from the Latin, rei = rule of, and publicae = people. This distinguishes an hereditary from a non-hereditary succession to government office. The United States, Russia, Iran, and Angola, China, and Taiwan for example, are republics, while the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, and Belgium, are not republics because they are monarchies and have hereditary succession of rulers.

I won’t comment on the remainder of the assertions by this fellow except to suggest that no one should bet the farm on his understanding of political science. [link]

He sounds like he knows what he’s talking about, and is probably more of an expert in political science than I. But, thanks to online resources like Wikipedia, I can educate myself and, at least, seem a little smarter than I really am.

So, here’s what I was talking about:

The United States is a “constitutional republic.” [link]

The word “democracy” does not appear in the US Constitution. It does not appear in the Declaration of Independence.

Democracy is majority rule… in its simplest form 50% + 1.

A Republic, is defined as “a state where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government’s power over citizens.”

John Adams, (founding father, second US president, co-framer of our constitution) defined “democracy” as the  “tyranny of the majority.

He wanted an “empire of laws, not of men” to protect the individual and minorities. He advocated separation of powers (the now-familiar executive, legislative, and judicial branches) with these checks and balances as a means to limit the government’s power over its citizens.

Towards the end of his life John Adams declared, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide.

Why Do They Keep Telling Us We Have  Democracy?
Are our representatives really that ignorant? Is the president? (OK, better not to answer that…) Or, could it be that’s the form of government their superiors (the Shadow Powers) want?

Consider this:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Propaganda minister.

Then consider this from a pamphlet titled “Democracy or Republic, Which Is It?” by Benedict LaRosa:
“Democracy concentrates power into the hands of the few organized and clever enough to manipulate the masses. It is characterized by a communistic attitude toward property and monopolistic enterprises. Government thus becomes an instrument for the redistribution of wealth as well as the security of the state.It is the rule of men, the dictatorship of the majoritywithout regard to the consequences upon individuals or society.” [link]

This sure sounds like what’s happened to us in the US in the last fifty years.

How to Replace Our Republic with Mob Rule (“Democracy”)
Don’t these look like the steps the Shadow Powers have taken over the last few decades? Aren’t they even now accelerating their plans?

1) Destroy the constitution.
“The Constitution is just a goddamned piece of paper.” G.W. Bush. [link]

2) Control the education system (to prevent an informed citizenry).

3) Centralize power in one branch of government (the executive).
Notice how the number of “executive orders” and “signing statements” has exploded? [link] Clinton launched the Kosovo war on an executive order.

4) Install an easily-manipulated figurehead as head of the executive branch (President Bush)
Will Obama be different? So far, it doesn’t look like it.

5) Advocate gun control so the populace cannot defend themselves from tyranny. [link]
Remember how the gov’t illegally confiscated citizen’s firearms door-to-door in New Orleans? Watch them tackle and slug a retired woman to get her gun. [YouTube]

6) Increase gov’t handouts (welfare, etc.) and regulation/control over activities.

Scott

Great Quotes:
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”
– Ben Franklin

“… the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” – Ales Carey

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.”
– Gore Vidal

“As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
H. L. Mencken in The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

and the best one:
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
It can only exist until voters discover they can vote themselves generous benefits from the public treasury. From that moment, the majority always votes for candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”

– Alexander Tytler, The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic