In my short time here at ATS, I have run across the word democracy in reference to America’s form of government countless times. And it completely
infuriates me, to be honest. Not at those who use it without even a hint of its meaning, or connotations. But at our educational system, our media,
and our public servants whose mouth it pours from over and over and over. And these people know what it means, yet they keep saying it. People like
Mr. Bush, who wants to “spread democracy” across the world. And who equate it with liberty and freedom.
But then, when you want to brainwash generations of people into forgetting the very meaning of the foundational documents that represent a country,
repetition works. Especially when it comes from the mouths of those who are supposed to be trusted with the keeping of those documents, and what they
It worked for Barack Hussein Obama, didn’t it? “Change we can believe in.” and “Yes! we can.”
Repeated. Ad Infinitum.
Needless to say, Solon would be horrified, if he were alive today.
There is so much more I could say about the history of our country, and the documents it was supposedly founded on, but it’s beyond the scope of
this little rant of mine. And I would rather leave it to Protoplasmic Traveller, and a few others, who explain it so much better than I am able to
articulate it. And have tried, like myself to correct this one little consistently perpetuated myth in many posts. Let alone the rest that could be
But I’d like to leave you with a few quotes, and a link, that got me started on this in the first place today.
I'll begin by quoting our founders on democracy. James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 10, said that in a pure democracy, "there is nothing to
check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual." At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Virginia Gov. Edmund Randolph
said, "... that in tracing these evils to their origin every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy." John Adams said, "Remember,
democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." Alexander
Hamilton said, "We are now forming a Republican form of government. Real Liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate
governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy, or some other form of dictatorship."
Democracy vs. Liberty
What's the difference between republican and democratic forms of government? John Adams captured the essence when he said, "You have rights
antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the
Universe." That means Congress does not grant us rights; their job is to protect our natural or God-given rights.
ETA: It's unfortunate that this thread will die a quick death. I purposely left out the words "constitutional republic", and "representative republic"
as a measuring stick and experiment. However, in the quotes, and in the link to the commentary, there was ample demonstration of my intent and
meaning. I was hoping for more of a response from Americans. And I was hoping more people would visit the link. That doesn't mean though, that the
thread wasn't educational. It was. Very.
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