We are a Republic and not a Democracy because our founders made a choice. They chose Republic over Democracy and for very specific reasons. Our founders were students of government, students of political philosophy, and understood the differences between tyranny and freedom. It was because of this total understanding they chose Republic.
Americans on the right and on the left, politicians on the right and the left, and pundits on the right and the left conflate republic and democracy. Consequently, we are losing our freedom and becoming more tyrannical. Republic and democracy are opposites. The only similarity they have is that people vote.
A Republic is a representative government ruled by law or in the case of the United States the United States Constitution. A democracy is direct government ruled by the majority. A representative democracy the people elect representatives. Our founders referred to both as mob rule. A Republic recognizes the inalienable rights of individuals while democracies are only concerned with group wants or needs euphemistically referred to as the public good.
Simply put, a Republic limits the power of government. In a democracy the only limits to the power of government would be the limitations placed on the majority or those in power by that majority or those in power. In a Republic the liberties of the people cannot be infringed, abridged, or eliminated by government. In a democracy the majority or those in power determine what liberties the people will have, and which groups will have those liberties. Lenin put it this way, “Liberty is so precious that it has to be rationed.” Lenin also said, “democracy is indispensable to socialism and socialism is the gateway to communism.”
Our founders chose republic and rejected democracy because they understood that a free society can only exist under a republic, and that democracy is in fact a dictatorship of the majority over the minority that quickly becomes a dictatorship of the few over the many.
It is critical that Americans understand the differences. The left has been in the process of transforming the United States from a republic to a democracy for decades. If the transformation is completed, our freedom will have been lost, the Constitution will have bern totally rejected, we will have government with unlimited power, and our liberties will be rationed.
You must understand the differences. There are many. The more we are able to restore the republic and enforce the Constitution, the more we will restore freedom.
“Republic or Democracy Does it Matter” explains these differences. It is now released and is available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, and at www.mygrandchildrensamerica.com.
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