Most Americans would disagree with my title, but they would have no idea why they disagree. All we are hearing is that our democracy must be saved. We are being told that it is democracy that preserves our freedom. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“It has been observed by an honorable gentleman, that a pure democracy, if it were practicable, would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved, that no position in politics is more false than this. The ancient democracies, in which the people themselves deliberated, never possessed one feature of good government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.” Alexander Hamilton
Nowhere in any of our founding documents is the word democracy found, but Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…”
James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution and primary author of the Bill of Rights, repeatedly emphasized that the United States is a “republic” and not a “democracy.”
In a republic the law is the Supreme Ruler. Our founders wrote our law into a document called the Constitution of the United States. We are a Constitutional Republic. That makes the Constitution the Supreme Ruler of the Land. The Constitution prevails over the legislature, the president, the Supreme Court, and the majority.
What this means is that when the Constitution, or the Supreme Ruler, states that the only powers the federal government has, that means not the legislature, not the president, not the Supreme Court not the majority can declare more power for the federal government.
When the Constitution states that our rights and liberties endowed to us by God cannot be infringed or abridged, that means not the legislature, not the president, not the Supreme Court, not the majority can infringe or abridge those rights.
The law, the Constitution of the United States, is the Supreme Ruler.
In a democracy the majority of the body allowed to vote becomes the Supreme Ruler. In a democracy, if the majority of the body allowed to vote declares that the federal government can assume a power, even if not granted to it in the Constitution, the federal government is given that power.
In a democracy, if the majority of the body allowed to vote declares that the federal government can infringe or abridge a right, that right can be infringed or abridged.
In a democracy, if the majority of the body allowed to vote declares that a certain class can no longer vote, such as people who fit the definition of “white supremacist”, those people declared to be included in that class would be prevented from voting.
In a democracy, the majority of the body allowed to vote has no restrictions or limitations. This is why rationale and reasonable people understand that in fact democracy is dictatorship. When any group of one, ten, hundreds, thousands, or millions have no restrictions on their power, when the rights of the minority have no protections, you have a dictatorship.
This is why our founders insisted we be a republic and not a democracy, they wanted the rights of the minority protected and the power of the majority limited.
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