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Our Founding Fathers gave us a Constitutional Republic. Because of them, we were born free. Nevertheless, we could die slaves because we have lost sight of certain basic truths.
Our form of government is based on this fundamental truth. If we ever abandon it, we will lose our form of government.
Because men created governments (and not vice versa), the rights of government are based on the God-given rights of the individual. An individual has the right to defend his life, liberty, and property; therefore, he also has the right to join with others and form a government to protect his rights. An individual does not have the right to violate the rights of another, and neither does government.
Government should be large enough to secure our God-given rights but not large enough to violate these rights. Anyone who understands this comprehends the proper role of government.
If there were no government whatsoever, our rights would not be secure. Individuals acting alone would be unable to protect their liberty against the criminal acts of unjust men. In the absence of organized government, anarchy would prevail. Ultimately, the criminals would take control and enslave their fellow citizens.
Our rights also would not be secure under a system of total government control. Such a government might grant its citizens privileges from time to time, but it could also take away those privileges on a whim. Whenever government has total power, individuals have none. Remember, the root of the word totalitarian is total!
Communism and Nazism are not at opposite ends of the political spectrum as the public has been led to believe. They are ideological twins! Both are totalitarian, and both are examples of 100 percent governmental control. Our rights can only be secure under limited government. Liberty is a way station between anarchy (no government) on one end of the political spectrum and totalitarianism (total government) on the other end.
Preserving liberty for ourselves and future generations is no easy task. As George Washington warned, "Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." Because our Founding Fathers realized that government, like fire, had to be contained, they gave us a government of laws and not of men. They created a republic and not a democracy.
A democracy is majority rule and is destructive of liberty because there is no law to prevent the majority from trampling on individual rights. Whatever the majority says goes! A lynch mob is an example of pure democracy in action. there is only one dissenting vote, and that is cast by the person at the end of the rope.
A republic is a government of law under a Constitution. The Constitution holds the government in check and prevents the majority (acting through their government) from violating the rights of the individual. Under this system of government a lynch mob is illegal. The suspected criminal cannot be denied his right to a fair trial even if a majority of the citizenry demands otherwise.
We will either be governed by laws or ruled by men. Because of man's nature, rule by men has always ended in tyranny. Only under a government of laws will our God-given rights be secure.
Question: When the Founding Fathers established our government, they gave us: (a) a democracy, or (b) a republic?
The question is basic, and the correct answer should be known to very school child. Nevertheless, if you have been led to believe that our country is a democracy, you have been deceived.
Not only did our Founding Fathers establish a republic, they greatly feared "democracy". James Madison, known as the father of the U.S. Constitution, wrote in "Essay #10" of 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."
Although such an attitude will surprise most Americans, it is accurate.
The United States Constitution does not contain the word democracy. It does "guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government...." Also, when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, we say, "to the Republic for which it stands," and not "to the Democracy."
The difference between a republic and a democracy was once widely understood in America. The U.S. War Department (superseded by the Department of Defense) taught that difference in a training manual (No. 2000-25) published on November 30, 1928. This official U.S. Government document, used at the time for the training of American military personnel, said of democracy:
"A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of direct expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic - negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether is be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demogogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy."
It went on to state:
Constitutional fathers, familiar with the strength and weakness of both autocracy and
democracy, with fixed principles definitely in mind, defined a representative republican form of government. They made a very marked distinction between a republic and a democracy - - - and said repeatedly and emphatically that they had founded a
If you have been misled as to the type of government we inherited, you should ask why.
The United States of America is a Constitutional Republic consisting of the Federal Government and the State Governments. It is not a "Democracy." The Federal government operates under the specific powers delegated to it by the United States Constitution, while each of the state governments operates under a state constitution.
The U.S. Congress is not authorized to make any law it chooses; it is bound by this Constitutional mandate. For instance, the First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
And the Tenth Amendment states, "The powers
not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
The Constitution authorizes the Federal Government to protect our God-given rights and to provide for the common defense. It does not authorize the Federal government to provide foreign aid handouts, unemployment benefits, subsidized housing units, food stamps, agricultural price supports, or other share-the-wealth schemes.
Tragically, much of the legislation that Congress passes is unconstitutional. This abuse of authority has occurred because we have lost sight of basic principles.
Your Congressman has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution. Whenever a new bill comes up for a vote, he should ask himself: Is It Constitutional? If it is unconstitutional, he should vote against it. If he does not vote against unconstitutional legislation, you should ask him why.