Well, I don’t know about you but one of the things that really gets my goat is when I hear the media and our so-called representatives all the way up to the President refer to our form of government as a Democracy. Most citizens have had this drilled into their head so frequently that they simply accept it without question now.
The fact is our government was never set up as, nor intended to be, a Democracy. The word Democracy never appeared once in ANY of the founding documents.
Now, this tells us that either are the representatives who refer to our government as a Democracy are clueless about the Constitutional Republic they are supposed to represent. Or they are colluding against the rule of law they have taken an oath to uphold and protect. Or they simply don’t care. Perhaps in some cases, it is a combination of all three?
If you watched the YouTube overview above you would have noted that a Democracy was pointedly avoided as the template of our government. James Madison in Federalist #10 had these words to say about a democracy:
“From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert result from the form of government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.
A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking.”
Again, Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, Madame, if you can keep it.”
These facts can easily be validated by reading the Constitution and referencing all of the 3 primary founding documents– the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Heck, I’ll even throw in the Articles of Confederation as a bonus. Nowhere in any of these documents is the word Democracy used to refer to our form of government.
A Republican Form of Government
Now we do find reference to a “Republican form of government” in Article 4, Section 4 as follows:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion;”
If We are a Republic, Why Do They Keep Calling Us a Democracy?
So then how did this Democracy description arise in the vocabulary of our politicians and media? Well, you may get a clue if you note of where you will find reference to a Democracy in another document framing a form of governance. I think you will most likely quickly recognize its source from the following words:
“The Communist revolution is the most radical rupture with traditional property relations; no wonder that its development involved the most radical rupture with traditional ideas.
But let us have done with the bourgeois objections to Communism.
We have seen above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy.
The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralise all instruments of production in the hands of the State, i.e., of the proletariat organised as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible. “
If you haven’t already guessed it, that excerpt was from the Communist Manifesto of Marx and Engels. This passage, which suggests making the worker the ruling class, is then followed by what is commonly referred to as the 10 planks or recommendations to be used to transform “advanced countries” (ones based on a capitalist economy) into Communist ones.
As Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers, ” democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
So if you wish to eliminate a representative Republic based on the rule of law as framed by our Constitution, one method would be to convince the people that they don’t have a Republic but rather a Democracy as “they have been short in their lives and they have been violent in their deaths.”
Out of that death, the intent by those who wish to dominate the masses is to generate a tyranny placing us all under the thumb of the State. Those in control of that tyranny would benefit the most. Those under the thumb of the State suffer mightily as slaves of the States under the tyranny of the elite.
A Republic If We Can Keep It
So, as Franklin said at our birth, a Republic if we can keep it. It is up to us to reject this false definition of Democracy which is nothing more than a stepping stone leading to enslavement under the authority of the State.
Now that you know what form of government we were intended and why, you can begin to correct those who use mistakenly or intentionally use the term democracy to describe our form of government. Write or call in if you feel so moved when you hear this term being thrown about by the clueless media or even your elected representative. They need to know better. If we simply accept the definitions we are fed without question or resistance, we are embracing the role of the cow being led to slaughter.
We were meant to be a Republic NOT a Democracy. Let’s keep it if we can. It’s going to take a lot of work from a lot of people. This is at least a start.