“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote”…we are “A Republic…if you can keep it.”
– Benjamin Franklin after the Continental Convention when asked if we are a republic or a monarchy
The Greek historian Polybius wrote that democracy descends into mob rule…“ochlocracy” he called it. And Polybius’ words were as right then as they are right now for we can see mob rule…two more words added to the Democrats ever growing list of politically incorrect words we dare not say…becoming commonplace in today’s America as Democrats and their misguided ilk take to the streets in protest, as if on cue, over some self-perceived indignation while they relish in trampling on other folks “inalienable rights.”
“Inalienable rights”…Constitution granted rights…have been replaced by ongoing “outrage” from the left with their incessant political polarization helping to divide Republicans and Democrats even more so along strict party ideological lines. And to make matters worse, what was once but Democrat partisan apathy has now morphed into all-encompassing overt hate of any and everything Republicans in Congress propose coupled with a special kind of all-consuming targeted hate against any and everyone President Donald Trump nominates no matter the position he nominates them for.
Total political dysfunction and major meltdown by the Democrats to the nth degree…a true political circus of the absurd…replete with at times violent protests by those who still cannot accept that Hillary Clinton did not become Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s third term in office. And these protests more times than not see protesters bused-in when and where they are needed…professional protesters if you will…protesters bought and paid for by George Soros and his ilk whose job it is to incite violence by working up via intimidation what was peaceful protesters into an angry mob and to do so in the name of democracy…their twisted version of democracy that is.
Calling themselves “the resistance” as they scream and spew that “this is what democracy looks like,” the sad fact is that in a way they are right…up to a point that is…for what is democracy but government rule by the majority of its people…and if that majority is made up of mobs than so be it. And in today’s volatile political climate if one is not part of the current media anointed majority then threats, accusations, lies, and when needed…violence…is used to turn the fearful, the gullible, and the weak into blind followers of what amounts to mob rule…with it being critical that the majority must not be restrained in imposing its will on the minority.
But these “resistance” sorts do forget that America was never set up to be a democracy…what some call or refer to as a “pure democracy” where the people themselves not elected officials vote on all matters of great concern to them…but that America was set up to be a republic…a federal republic*…where the true power lies within its own citizenry who vote for elected officials who they feel are best suited to represent both their wishes and wants, who while at the same time must be responsible to those who elected them, and who most importantly must govern according to the law…Constitutional law that is. And in the republic that is America most importantly of all is that We the People’s “inalienable rights” cannot be taken away by the government even if that government has been elected by a majority of voters.
In fact, some of our Founders and Framers were truly leery of democracy for they feared that overt and dedicated political passions could work the public up into such a frenzy that in a very short period of time it could become paramount to mob rule and abject tyranny. “Democracy never lasts long,” wrote America’s second President John Adams in a December 1814 letter to Virginia state legislature member John Taylor. “It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide,” were Adams’ words added for he blamed democracies…which he felt were no different than monarchies…for bloodshed and war.
Alexander Hamilton, one of the authors of the Federalist Papers, wrote, “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 a dictatorship.” In fact, in the last letter he ever penned Hamilton actually warned that “our real disease is Democracy.” And James Madison, our nation’s fourth president and the “father of the Constitution” wrote in the Federalist Paper No. 10 that, “Pure democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been 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.”
In other words, our Founders and Framers were leery of both the concept of democracy itself as well as its ever being the form of government our new nation was to take. And leery they were to such a degree that they placed into the Constitution itself Article IV, Section 4 which states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.” “Republican” as in “republic” not in the Republican party in case the question arises…which I’m sure some liberal sorts will raise in their effort to remove from governance the very document from which our nation was born.
So while the uninformed…which encompasses the vast majority of Democrats…keep clamoring that with America being a democracy…they absolutely refuse to accept the fact that it is not…that they still have the right to protest via any means they themselves see fit. And while we all have the right to protest under the First Amendment as it gives us the right to free speech, but, and this is critical, the First Amendment itself puts the breaks on violent protest via its words, “the right of the people to peacefully assemble.”
“To peacefully assemble” in no way means the now mob tactics being used by the left that either borders on or actually is violence…tactics that not only help to stir the pot of political discontent via bullying, threatening words, and hate…but are tactics that truly do border on both the traitorous and the criminal. How so? Calling for the “removal” of our duly elected president and now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as well, and doing so while gathered in protest while screaming the words “by any means possible” surely does not meet the Constitution’s nor the legal definition of “peaceful assembly” for words such as these are a precursor to violence…mob violence.
And while mob violence is sadly indeed a part of “pure democracy,” and while it’s been said that “One man’s mob is another man’s democracy,” neither mobs nor “pure democracy” works well within the framework of a republic. And maybe to some it’s simply a case of word semantics but I don’t think so for sometimes in order to drive home both a specific point and a fundamental political difference it actually involves labeling people, things, and actions for who and what they truly are.
And in the case of what’s happening in today’s America as both actual mobs and mob mentality continue to overtake civility and decorum, and doing so all in the name of what the Democrats refer to as democracy, maybe President Trump needs to put a clear and precise label on who these violent Democrats…now sometimes called progressives or socialists…really are…as well as on those that dare to even hint and/or suggest that violence and intimidation be used against the rest of us.
In fact, I think maybe our president should label this vile faction of the Democrat party the “New Brown Shirts” for their tactics are surely not unlike the Brown Shirts of the 1930s…Hitler’s paramilitary sorts whose method’s of violent intimidation aided in his rise to power. And really isn’t power what these vile Democrat sorts want…power so all encompassing that never mind our republic being thrown by the wayside but their version of democracy being done so as well to be replaced by Obama’s socialist dream…something it seems most Democrats have wanted all along.
And after this faction of today’s Democrat party is rightfully named maybe then President Trump can retweet out Lindsey Graham’s famous words used during the Democrat’s witch hunt of Brett Kavanaugh…rightful words to the effect that we should never let these people obtain power. And if apathy does by some chance take hold as the midterm election draws near…apathy on our side of the aisle that is…and we don’t get out the vote then we must seriously consider the possibility of a future where the most powerful socialist/communist state in the world is not Russia or China, but is these United States…for this is the wanted future envisioned by the very radicals that have taken over the Democrat Party and it’s a sad future indeed.
And it seems, at least on the surface, that this is where we are headed for the republic that we are has been replaced in Democrats minds by a democracy that we are not. And when mob mentality dictates how the political game is to be played, and where every political setback is deemed by the Democrats as a criminal act done by we on the other side of the political aisle…the Republican and Conservative side…along with their believing that any who dare not embrace their liberal mindset is but a foreboding of some catastrophic event that will signal the end of the very democracy that we are not, then you just know we as a country are once again in for some troubling times.
Donald Trump to the rescue as together we Republicans and Conservatives have new reasons to unite against those who don’t even know who we are as we work together to “Make America…to help make our republic…Great Again.”
* A federal republic is a federation of states with a republican (federalism) form of central government. It differs from a unitary state in that in a federal republic the authorities of the state governments cannot be taken back by the central (federal) government. The United States is technically a federal republic although we are also referred to as a Constitutional republic as Constitutional republics usually have a separation of powers, which we do.
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