Saturday, September 1, 2012

Beware the Democracy!

Seriously, sheeple?

There is something very important that Americans need to know (other than the Constitution, of course, which NO ONE seems to know these days): The United States government is not, I repeat: NOT a democracy. What may (but shouldn't) surprise you, is that it was never supposed to be a democracy either. The founding fathers had no intention of giving us a democratic government. It was intended as a republic.1

[D]emocracies 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.2 James Madison 
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.3 John Adams
A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.4 The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness [excessive license] which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty.5 Fisher Ames, Author of the House Language for the First Amendment
We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate . . . as [it has] everywhere terminated, in despotism. . . . Democracy! savage and wild. Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to thy level of folly and guilt.6 Gouverneur Morris, Signer and Penman of the Constitution
[T]he experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.7 John Quincy Adams
A simple democracy . . . is one of the greatest of evils.8 Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration
In democracy . . . there are commonly tumults and disorders. . . . Therefore a pure democracy is generally a very bad government. It is often the most tyrannical government on earth.9 Noah Webster
Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state, it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.10 John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration
It may generally be remarked that the more a government resembles a pure democracy the more they abound with disorder and confusion.11Zephaniah Swift, Author of America's First Legal Text
Democracy today is lauded as the epitome of social evolution. President [elect] Obama, in his victory speech after having won the 2012 Presidential Election, said "tonight we proved that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope."12 President Reagan also said "One's country is worth dying for, and democracy if worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man."13 When a host of selfish, whinny bandwagoners decide that their jealousy of rich Wall St. executives is justified simply because of their numbers, and no one stands to call them the socialist, lazy, leprous beggars that they are, democracy is king.

Democracy is rule by the masses. It means, everyone gets a vote on everything. There is no leadership, because all decisions are made by the masses, not through leaders. This is totally contrary to even basic human nature. It is natural for human beings to gravitate toward strong leaders, whether they are good or evil. People yearn inescapably to be governed. People want to be led. Hitler, a horrible mass murderer, was no anarchist. He believed in government, he was charismatic, and he was driven. This is why people followed him; not necessarily because they believed in his ideals. Democracy is counter nature.

A Republic, on the other hand, is the natural, (albeit far more formalized) productive form of government. A person (or a few people) represent the masses in governmental assembly. This person (or people) arbitrates for those he or she represents. The representatives congregate (i.e. Congress) to make laws by which to be governed. This is where we get the concept of our US Constitution. a republic streamlines a lawmaking process by which all are governed, instead of people being governed by themselves, as with a democracy.

Democracy: Rule by the masses
Republic: Rule by law through representation.

Another point to make about a democracy is its inherent ability (and inevitability) to destroy the needs of the minority/minorities. If the masses rule, the minorities have to deal. In a republic, instead of everyone getting a vote, everyone gets representation. While these are similar, they give more power to differing stances.

Americans today are deceived into thinking that this word "democracy" is the ultimate goal that every country should have. Granted, it is certainly better than some other forms of government out there, but AT BEST, it should only be used as an extremely brief stop-gap between the extreme tyrannical or anarchical governments and the goal of a republic. Democracy is not a good form of government. It is a lazy and inherently dangerous form of self-destruction that should be treated as more dangerous and less useful than a megaton nuclear bomb.

A final note: It is my personal belief that individuals cannot decide what is best for the whole, but they furthermore should not. The masses cannot know what is best for everyone, especially in a nation the size of ours. I love my country, but I've never lived in California, so I couldn't be trusted with the making of all of their laws. Likewise, asking me to vote on Alaskan law is detrimental to Alaskans because I have no experience in the land where those laws would be enforced. A Pennsylvanian should represent Pennsylvania when their laws are written, and a Texan should make his or her voice heard on behalf of Texas when its government is decided.

Take this with you to the polls when you go to vote in a few months: Remember that democracy cannot stand. Only a Republic, checked by a constitution, composed of representatives of the people, by the people, and for the people can stand the test of time. Vote for the candidate(s) that will work to PRESERVE the founding fathers' dream, not seek to make it into what he thinks it should be. The United States of America are presided by a president, not ruled by one.

1. An example of this is demonstrated in the anecdote where, having concluded their work on the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin walked outside and seated himself on a public bench. A woman approached him and inquired, "Well, Dr. Franklin, what have you done for us?" Franklin quickly responded, "My dear lady, we have given to you a republic--if you can keep it." Taken from "America's Bill of Rights at 200 Years," by former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, printed in Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. XXI, No. 3, Summer 1991, p. 457. This anecdote appears in numerous other works as well.
2. Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison, The Federalist on the New Constitution(Philadelphia: Benjamin Warner, 1818), p. 53, #10, James Madison.
3. John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1850), Vol. VI, p. 484, to John Taylor on April 15, 1814.
4. Fisher Ames, Works of Fisher Ames (Boston: T. B. Wait & Co., 1809), p. 24, Speech on Biennial Elections, delivered January, 1788.
5. Ames, Works, p. 384, "The Dangers of American Liberty," February 1805.
6. Gouverneur Morris, An Oration Delivered on Wednesday, June 29, 1814, at the Request of a Number of Citizens of New-York, in Celebration of the Recent Deliverance of Europe from the Yoke of Military Despotism (New York: Van Winkle and Wiley, 1814), pp. 10, 22.
7. John Quincy Adams, The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse Delivered at the Request of the New York Historical Society, in the City of New York on Tuesday, the 30th of April 1839; Being the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States, on Thursday, the 30th of April, 1789 (New York: Samuel Colman, 1839), p. 53.
8. Benjamin Rush, The Letters of Benjamin Rush, L. H. Butterfield, editor (Princeton: Princeton University Press for the American Philosophical Society, 1951), Vol. I, p. 523, to John Adams on July 21, 1789.
9. Noah Webster, The American Spelling Book: Containing an Easy Standard of Pronunciation: Being the First Part of a Grammatical Institute of the English Language, To Which is Added, an Appendix, Containing a Moral Catechism and a Federal Catechism (Boston: Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1801), pp. 103-104. 
10. John Witherspoon, The Works of John Witherspoon (Edinburgh: J. Ogle, 1815), Vol. VII, p. 101, Lecture 12 on Civil Society.
11. Zephaniah Swift, A System of the Laws of the State of Connecticut (Windham: John Byrne, 1795), Vol. I, p. 19.
12. President [elect] Obama, in his victory speech before taking office as President of the United States of America. July 12, 2012.
13. President Ronald Reagan, in Remarks at a Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-day, June 6, 1984.