posted on Feb, 27 2012 @ 07:42 PM
It is disturbing that, for the most part, American politicians, educators, and the ‘news’ media have simplistically described the United States as
a ‘democracy’ for more than a century, yet the Founders expressed nothing but contempt for the very concept of a democracy. Here some of our
founding fathers thoughts on Democracy..
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” —Ben Franklin
“Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention... incompatible with personal
security or the rights of property" —James Madison
“We are a Republic. Real Liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy.” — Alexander Hamilton
“A simple democracy is the devil's own government.” — Benjamin Rush
"The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty." — Fisher Ames
“We have seen the tumults of democracy terminate, in France, as they have everywhere terminated, in despotism.” — Gouverneur Morris
"The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind." — Thomas Jefferson
"There is no good government but what is republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; for the true idea of a republic
is 'an empire of laws, and not of men.' That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangement of the powers of society, or
in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the law, is the best of republics."
— John Adams
Niether of our 2 most important founding documents, The Declaration of Independence and The US Constitution never mention the word Democracy even
once. However The US Constitution specifically refers to our form of government being a Constitutional Republic:
Section 4 - Republican form of government guaranteed. Each State to be protected.
The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union, a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and
on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened), against domestic violence.
— United States Constitution Article 4, Section 4
I would also like to add that, even though it was written much after our government was formed, if you notice in the Pledge of Allegience we say "and
to the Republic" not "to the Democracy", there is a reason for this.
The argument of Republic or Democracy is as old as our government itself. This was the reason for the writing of The Federalist Papers. The
Federalists or Republicans, were in debate with the Anti-Federalists or Democrats, however ultimately it was decided that our nation would be best
served under a Republic and not a Democracy. However the Democrats and Progressives have not let up, and have virtually transformed us into a
Democracy through a play on words.
John Adams also once said that "Democracy is the most vile form of government known to makind, it is mob rule where 51% decide the fate of the
remaining 49% of the population".
A very good book on the founding and forming of our government is "Liberty's Blueprint", it covers much of the writings of Madison, Hamilton, and
Jay in regards to The Federalist Papers and goes into very good detail of the subject by quoting some of their personal writings.