Republic or Democracy—You Decide….Really?
Republic or Democracy?
That is the question.
Whether tis nobler in mind to suffer the action of duty and sacrifice
To seek the highest good…
To follow the manipulated mob down the sensual path to the mediocrity of servitude.”
Democracy or Republic, which are we? If we are to participate as citizens in…whatever we are, it seems we ought to know this foundational premise.
What are the basic forms of civil government?
After a survey of a host of authors including: The Bible, Montesquieu, Tocqueville, Burke, Adams, Madison, Jefferson, Voltaire, Washington, Franklin, Plato, Aristotle, Sidney, Blackstone, Locke, Marx, Hitler etc.; amidst some overlap of terms and omissions this seems to a be a reasonable classification of forms of government.
1. Theocracy: The direct rule of God; as in Israel before asking for an earthly king.
2. Autocracy: All political power in the hands of one person; as in a monarchy, a king, emperor, a despot. Think Louis the XIV “L’Etat, c’est moi.” (I am, myself, the state.)
3. Democracy: “government by the many”. The people hold the power to govern. In a pure democracy, the people govern themselves by direct vote. Majority rule. Think passions, impulsive, frenzied as in the French Revolution. Pure democracies do not survive, thus the next option:
4. Republic: The option of hope for the fallen nature of mankind. In a republic the power lies with representatives who are to act responsibly carrying out the duties of government in accordance with The Rule of Law of the nation.
5. Totalitarian regimes: The centralized power, or totalitarian state holds the ultimate power over the economic, educational, healthcare, media, social, religious, etc. of the people. Think Fascism, Marxism, Communism, and their Progressive cousin the Administrative State of Socialism.
So, what are we?
We can certainly rule out number one. And, while we do see some autocratic tendencies, there are far too many czars out in left field to qualify us a singular autocracy.
It is interesting to note that 50 years ago a citizen could answer this question without much reservation.
It is also interesting to note that the tendencies of democracies are well documented as the passions, impulses, and volatility of a crowd instinct. Human nature. As the Founders recognized:
“But what is government itself, but the greatest reflection on human nature?
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this:
You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”
~James Madison Federalist Paper No. 51
Clearly the authors mentioned above recognized this impulsive, impassioned herd, consensus tendency. The Founders clearly struggled aware of the inherent dangers of this unprecedented opportunity of creating a government and of letting citizens rule themselves.
The Founders sought with utmost care to secure the liberties of the many and of the individual. The Founders knew full well the individual and the minority would be trampled on by the passions of a pure democracy.
They recognized the only way for our fledgling nation to continue as a nation, was to have a Constitution, a Rule of Law that would serve as a cage around the mob, the fallen nature of man; and the foremost need of an educated, virtuous, religious people who would be wise enough not to cut the bars of the Constitutional cage.
This would take a people who knew and honored God, as they had been from the foundations of the nation, in order to continue His blessings on The Land, The People and the Future of Liberty.
Keeping these thoughts in mind, one must ask why there has been such a push these last fifty years in education and the media:
Pushing the notion that we are a democracy as in the majority rule?; as in a pure direct democracy.
While simultaneously pushing the sanctioned travesties of a culture of hedonism: abortion on demand; no-fault divorce; entitlement dependence on the administrative state; increasing removal of God in the public venues, schools, labor, industry, healthcare and silencing of those that do.
While simultaneously pushing sexual promiscuity, abortifacients, abortions- absent of parental oversight; and placing children as wards of the nanny government, thereby usurping the responsibilities of the parent? See the UNCRC.*
What is left if the enemies of our nation succeed in removing God, the giver of The Law by which Liberty shines, from citizens who are to self-govern and consent to being governed by representatives also absent of veneration of God and the Rule of Law?
The results are a people, who for lack of wisdom, are led as a mob, stroked, stoked, manipulated and driven into the arms of a Furher to be placed under totalitarian 21st Century servitude.
“I am trying to imagine what new features despotism might have in today’s world:
I see an innumerable host of men, all alike and equal, endlessly hastening after petty and vulgar pleasures with which they fill their souls”
Alex de Tocqueville, Democracy in America 1835
The United States of America was not founded as a pure democracy. And for good reason.
So: Republic or Democracy?
The Rule of Law, or the Rule of fallen men.
“But Jesus would not entrust himself to them,
For He knew all men.
He did not need man’s testimony about man,
For He knew what was in a man.”
Think about it…and see what you can do to get God back into man and into the governments of men.
https://online.hillsdale.edu/ Hillsdale College Constitution 101
*See the UNCRC, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which removes parental rights to direct the education, healthcare and upbringing of their children; and places them under the control of the 18 member UN Committee.
It is international law, which supersedes State Law. Signed in 1995 by the Clinton Administration, not yet ratified; but being piecemealed into legislation.