Do Alabamians know that the United States was not founded as a Democracy? Our Founders knew that pure democracy, by it’s very nature leaned dangerously towards anarchy. They knew that the passions of the mob are too easily manipulated by those with tyrannical delusions of grandeur. Sadly today members of both parties invoke the word like a magical mantra. Progressive textbooks hold democracy aloft like a magical talisman for Common Core fed impressionable youth. Too many sheeple fall for the lie every day and in turn propagate the myth.
Our forbears feared, loathed, and condemned democracy as being the worst kind of government. They, being learned men were influenced by Roman statesman Cicero. Cicero witnessed the Republic’s descent into a democracy dominated by corrupt demagogues. He described them as “…someone bold and unscrupulous…who carries favor with the people by giving them other men’s property.” Remind you of anyone in Montgomery and Washington, D.C..
Greek historian Polybius was another influence on the Founders, who warned that democracy degenerates into mobocracy. A monarchy becomes an oligarchy (Rule of the Elite) and democracy becomes mob rule, chaos, and ultimately a dictatorship.
Far too many of our alleged leaders have forgotten George Washington’s warning that “…government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” The further the last few administrations have taken us away from a Republic the larger the threat has grown to our liberties.
The possibility of this threat was the reason they have gave us a government of laws, not of men. They did not even include the word “democracy” in the Constitution or Declaration of Independence. We are seeing democracy in action today as our rights are under attack and government continuously dreams up new powers for themselves.
Democracy is dangerous because in majority rule the rights of the individual are not protected. It breeds a lynch mob mentality personified as whatever the majority says goes. This leads inevitably to anarchy and subjugation.
A Republic is a government of laws under a constitution. The word Republic before 1778; described the quality and nature of a government rather than the structure. Democracy is derived from the Greek – “demokratia” meaning rule of the people. Republic comes from the Latin “Res publica” – meaning the public affair.
What are some opinions of our Founders regarding the question of Republic vs. Democracy:
- Edmund Randolph in addressing the Constitutional Convention stated their object was; “To provide a cure for the evils under which the United States labored; that in tracing these evils to their origins, every man had found it in the turbulence and trials of democracy.”
- Declaration of Independence signer Eldridge Gerry stated: “The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy.”
- Alexander Hamilton stated; “We are a Republican government. Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy.”
- Thomas Jefferson the founder of the Democratic Party in his inaugural address referred to the “Republic” and “Republican” form of government. He never used the term democracy.
- James Madison, the Father of the Constitution writing in The Federalist stated; “…democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been short in their lives as they are violent in their deaths.”
- John Adams argued that democracies merely “…granted revocable rights to citizens depending on the whims of the masses, while a Republic exists to secure and protect pre-existing rights.”
- Samuel Adams stated; “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
Other notable observations on the subject include:
- Supreme Court Justice John Marshall (1801-1835) stated; “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like between order and chaos.”
- Thomas Babington Macaulay (1758-1837) British politician stated; “I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must sooner or later destroy liberty and civilization, or both.”
- Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician described our current situation well.; “If you establish a democracy, you must in due time reap the fruits of a democracy. You will in due season have great impatience of public burdens, combined in due season with great increase of public expenditure. You will in due season have wars entered into from passion and not from reason, and you will in due season submit to peace ignominiously sought and ignominiously obtained, which will diminish your authority and perhaps endanger your independence. You will in due season find your property is less valuable and your freedom less complete.” Sounds strangely familiar doesn’t it?
- The U.S. Constitution itself in Article 4, Section 4 plainly states; “The United States shall guarantee to every state in the Union a Republican form of government.”
We as Alabamians must turn a deaf ear to the siren song of voices calling us a democracy. We are rapidly approaching the same corrupt mobocracy that toppled Rome. We can steer clear but it will take an awakening. It requires citizen activist in every Alabama town and county standing in the gap and saying we will not comply. No we will not compromise or cooperate when it comes to our heritage.
Whither goest thou, Alabama? Will you heed the call today? The banner has been raised and the call to battle issued. Will you join the Patriot chorus? Will you take your place on the line in the battle for freedom and America’s future? Your liberty and that of your children and grandchildren are at stake.
Learn your heritage and and get involved today:
Alabama State Constitution
Declaration of Independence
Bill of Rights
Benjamin Franklin was asked what type of government they had given the people. His reply was; “A Republic, if you can keep it.” We haven’t done a good job of maintaining it. It is time we dusted off the Constitution and took America back.