The United States was a unique nation. The United States was founded on the principles that all our liberties come from God and not government, and that we would be a republic and not a democracy. Our nation has forsaken both of these founding principles. Our founders told us that government that governs best governs least. The Democrats and the RINO’s both tell us that government is the answer to all situations, big and small, or that government that governs most governs best.
This is from the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Stop and read this carefully. Liberty is endowed to each individual by God, not government. Government receives any power it has from the people or government must be a servant to the sovereign, and the sovereign would be the people.
Today, we are being told by those in government that government must have control over our liberties. It was Vladimir Lenin who stated that liberty is so precious it must be rationed. This is how our government views our liberties such as life, such as our choice how and where we worship God, such as speech, such as our right to petition government, such as our right to bear arms, and such as our right to due process and equal treatment under the law.
If we are to be a free people, that is we as individuals determine how we will live our lives, what choices we will make, and thoughts we would have, we must remove government from these areas of our lives. Today, the government is involved in every aspect of our lives including our health care, how we raise our families, our Biblical beliefs, what we can and cannot say, what we can and cannot read, thoughts we can and cannot have, with whom we can and cannot associate. Government has unlimited powers over our lives. That is a tyrannical government.
“The general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.” – James Madison
We were founded as a Republic and not a Democracy. The primary difference is that the supreme ruler in a republic is the law and the supreme ruler in a democracy is the will of the majority, which becomes those in power. We have all heard the common talking point from the left that conservatives are destroying democracy. The response to this claim is the same time and time again: “We’re not a democracy, we’re a constitutional republic!” This leads us to ask an important question: Are there any differences between the two, and if so, why do they matter?
Alexander Hamilton stated, “Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.” Hamilton recognized the harms of a real democracy. Democracy excludes the minority’s rights.
Jefferson said, “The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.” Jefferson recognized the secret war that occurs under a democracy, a war for power and control. The secret war is fought in many political systems. There is a reason Plato said, “Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy.”
John Adams saw the harm of democracy when he said, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” Adams knew that democracy is hard and often fraught with human error. Because of this, democracy often leads to a government takeover of the people, organized by the people.
We will not, cannot, return to a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people until we return to limited government. Government must not abridge or abolish any of our rights. We must return to the principles of republic and abandoned democracy. The first criteria to do so is for all Americans to understand why these principles of liberties coming from God and not government, and being a republic and not a democracy are so critical to individual freedom and liberty.
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