A democracy is ruled by a majority which can maintain unlimited power with no protection for the minority. The principles of self-interest and greed in human nature mean the risk of the majority ruling with tyranny and absolute power.
In contrast, our Constitution (Article 4, Section 4) defines the US as a republic, granting all citizens equal treatment and protection
If you remember the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag, you know you also pledge allegiance “to the Republic for which it stands….” At the end of the Constitutional Convention (1787), Benjamin Franklin is attributed as saying our Founding Fathers gave us, “A Republic, if you can keep it” https://www.bartleby.com/73/1593.html
In fact, we have a constitutional republic where the people elect representatives who are supposed to govern according to our Constitution which has established a separation of powers with the legislative, judicial and executive branches of our government and it limits the power of each branch https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitutional_republic
Why is it wrong to say we live in a democracy? Alexander Tytler (1747–1813) was a lawyer, writer and professor at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, during the establishment of our sovereign nation. He is considered the source of this statement on democracy: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse [generous gifts] from the public treasury [ie: when politicians discover they can bribe the public with the people’s own money]. After that, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses because of the loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
Historically, a democracy cycles from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to apathy, from apathy to dependency, and from dependency back into bondage https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Alexander_Fraser_Tytler
Roosevelt’s vice-president noticed the attitude of the elite in Washington sliding into socialism as long ago as the beginning of World War II. He warned that their personal agenda would bring a loss of individual freedom. His contemporary Norman Thomas claimed the Democratic Party had adopted the Socialist Party’s platform and prophesied in 1944 that, “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened” http://www.corson.org/archives/sociological/s27_090109.htm
Are we seeing our country fall under the spell of media propaganda similar to what led to the rise of Adolph Hitler? Are people duped into voting against what is in their best interest? Was Obama’s promised “change” actually the beginning of a coup d’etat? Are we branded as a “fringe” element to silence the voice of truth?
In what stage of the historical cycle would you say we are? Has a majority become dependent on the government? Do you see Obamacare as a forced universal health care system accelerating the transition to socialism? Thomas Jefferson said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have”
As we look forward to another election, it is vital that we be vigilant in becoming aware of what our elected officials are doing and it is important for you to convince them that ignoring their duty to their constituency will mean losing your vote! Use the freedom you still have to get involved in saving our country from the coup to overthrow our constitutional republic and replace it with socialism.
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