Democracy vs Republic

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands…”

I attended the Meet the Candidates forum held just before the special election back on June 28th. There, one of the candidates, on more than one occasion, made it a point to use the word democracy or democratic to refer to our government. When I heard it, I immediately bristled, but when he reiterated the word, I had to say “Hmmm”.

The word “democracy” has become a point of contention with me. Suddenly everywhere I turn, it is being tossed out like breadcrumbs for us to follow, and breadcrumb stories have been known to take a less than happy turn. So where are the breadcrumbs leading?

Benjamin Rush once warned: “A simple democracy is one of the greatest of evils.”

Pay attention this week to how many times the word democracy is written into a story line or a news cast or a movie or TV show. It seems in the past couple of years that I have been hearing it repeatedly throughout each week in reference to our nation. Sometimes I hear it daily.

America is not a Democracy, we are a Republic.

You see, our nation is a Republic, a constitutional Republic, so why are those, even here so close to home, using the inferior “democracy” to describe an exceptional nation and our stellar freedom-producing governance. You see, the word “democracy” is not found anywhere in our constitution, so it is interesting that it is being hoisted into our vocabulary as a buzz word, even by someone running for office for the Town of Lake Park and often by national leaders and the President of the United States?

When I think of a democracy, I think for instance of Venezuala, not the United States of America. Why would anyone want to conjure up such an image when speaking of the government of our Republic, our home, this place of vast personal liberty? Our ears should perk up at the sound of it; it should at the least, cause us to sit up, pay attention and ask clarifying questions.

It has become popular in progressive circles to throw the word around and use it when referring to the underlying “process” of government (as in the say we have with our vote). However, because others truly mean to promote this form of government and use the word as an invitation to others to join in with solidarity through a “power of the people” mindset to protest or overturn something, using the word to describe our government can present a muddled picture and begs a pause for consideration. Since the idea that we the people have our say is not always differentiated from democracy as the ruling form of government, it makes sense to question this.

“Predominantly, the Founders viewed democracy as “mob rule.” A form of government in which a mere a minority of the population could manipulate a majority of voters into supporting their cause, therefore giving the few control over the purses, the land, and the lives of the many.  (Case in point: the 10% of the employees in this country who are unionized and who, through the partnership unions share with the Democrat Party, have been able to live off the monies confiscated from taxes on the 90% of non-unionized employees.)” (see link: Lessons From Wisconsin, No Wonder The Founding Fathers Equated Democracy With Mob Rule)

So let’s pit the words democracy and republic against each other in a descriptive back and forth and see the picture they paint for us. Which presents a crowning description of our nation?

Democracy vs Republic

Democracy Constitutional Republic
Power of the people, people rule, Majority rule, mob rule Power of the individual, Rule of law, order
Transitional Permanent (so long as the people stand guard)
Leads to arbitrary use of power or control Limits government control and promotes individual freedom
Individual has limited rights Individual rights are granted by God and supersede the law.
Bound by whoever holds the majority Bound by the laws of the constitution
Right and wrong are decided by the standards and whim of those in power. Change is the byword. Right and wrong are ordained by God, we the people are bound to the unchanging standards set in our constitution, and many checks and balances have been set in place to protect this. To amend it requires due process.
Class struggle. Rights change based on who’s in power. Equal rights under the constitution, granted by God
Emotional decisions Decisions based on law

Democracy: from the Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos ‘the people’ + -kratia ‘power, rule.’

While democracy indicates the power of the people, The United States of America is a nation of laws, not of men. A democracy indicates “people rule” “people have the power”. A republic says “the law rules”. Democracy says that the “Majority rules”. In a Republic, the majority elect a representative to uphold the law, a law which bows to the individual whose rights are unalienable because they come first from God; a republic, therefore, stands in submission to the individual. Rights are safeguarded by a representative government, the constitutional controls on that government and the individual. In a Republic, the majority cannot silence the individual.

This is important because in a democracy, a fickle majority is in charge. Once a majority is established, the individual becomes a minority and also becomes powerless. The downtrodden who join with others to form a majority to overtake a government and set up shop find that the same majority usually turns on them once it is afforded power. Instability and change is common in a democracy. The group in power decides what is right and wrong. Class warfare is a by-product of this mindset. Democracy, class warfare, etc. sounds a lot like what we are hearing in the news these days as more and more our citizens are being encouraged to participate. In Wisconsin as union mobs converged upon the captial, we heard the chants, “This is what democracy looks like!”  Then, look into the mob protests planned for Wall Street this weekend. Do you see a connection?

John Adams, the second president of the United States:

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

Democracy has historically been a transition tool and democracies become so in name only once the power they seek is attained. In a democracy, the individual comes last in the pecking order of influence. In a republic, God comes first and the individual second. Public servants are further down on the list after the constitution (to which the individual grants enumerated powers).

As always, we should ask the questions that will help us understand who the people are who seek to represents us. This will affect the way the individual leads and what becomes of our laws, ordinances, our town and ultimately our lives under their leadership or control. Those we elect vote binding legislation into place. Since we are a nation bound by laws, this is pivotal.

Shortly after the Lake Park Candidate Forum, the day before the vote, I received the same candidate’s flyer in the mail and a further clue to his intent and worldview were written right across the top: Sustainable Development was listed as one of the things he would work for. Certainly if you live, breathe, read or watch TV, you have heard sustainability glorified from HGTV to advertisements to every government organization there is. It’s practically become a religion and if you don’t bow to it, you are among the selfish earth-haters and you most certainly have no compassion. Sustainable Development will be the subject of another blog post to come (I know, I’ve said that before, but things keep coming up).

Sustainable development does not, contrary to popular advertising, lead to all things bright and beautiful. It is far more than taking care of the world around us. That is the part that they hook you with. They want you to believe we are all citizens of the world now. Thanks, but no thanks. Sustainable Development is a big government, big brother control that leads to the eventual loss of personal and property rights. Add this to the talk of democracy and the willingness to pass unending grants which have already imposed many conditions upon us which were either never brought to light before being passed or were soon forgotten as new grants and new conditions were piled on, and you might begin to see how we will be paying the price.

Be aware of those you elect. Be aware of what legislation is being passed and what grants are being procured. Read each item thoroughly, especially the fine print that the commission will want to gloss over or rush by. These ordinances our town passes and the grants procured are all about YOU and the street where you live and some of them will come back to haunt you. You have a huge responsibility to research and understand what is going on, to know what your candidates believe in, what they have done in the past and how they believe things should be run, or you will have only yourself to blame when the same people impose their reworked view of America upon you and your town.

Understand the transformation of our nation that is being attempted, the rewrites being inserted into our story and decide if you want to participate or not.

It’s not too late to stop the rewrite. It’s not too late to connect the dots and see the patterns. It’s not too late to learn, pay attention, question why someone wants you to follow the breadcrumbs they are dropping as they go. They will tell you who they are. Just listen. Then prepare for the next round of voting. It’s a ways away, but you have plenty to do in the meantime because Lake Park is up to its eyeballs in these progressive scenarios.

Below are some articles of interest and further reading related to the difference between a REPUBLIC and a DEMOCRACY. Know who you are, know who your representatives are, know what your country is so you can spot it when the Truth is being tweaked. To do so, however, you need to know the Truth and you need to know history.

America is a Republic not a Democracy Pajamas Media, Micah Burnett

Another short piece on the subject by Walter Williams can be found HERE.