We are constantly barraged by the word Democracy. That word is thrown around like night soil out of an old window when the chamber pot is full. Everywhere you go you have to duck when it’s thrown out. Those that refuse to notice the hidden sub-text are doomed to be the recipient of a daily dousing in it. Like a bad habit, the concept begins to seem normal as the majority accept it.
With the recent uprisings in the Middle East, the audience here at home were constantly told that the people of those countries were vying for a change to a democracy. Really, is that what they wanted?
And why do we have a two party system with their names a derivation of the two forms of government? That itself should indicate a significant issue to concerned citizens who take their rights responsibly. Notice the play on words there?
Taking your rights responsibly.
Under our form of government the governed have a right to vote. If they vote (assuming they are alive and able to exercise their right to vote and not from the trunk of a vehicle driven by a select party member), they have a societal responsibility to vote for those people who best espouse their belief system as regards their understanding of the type of government we have through the Constitution, which is based on a Republic.
That, in itself, says those of one belief system (not religious, as that forms the foundation for the type of moral government given to us by The Founders) have God given rights, which are to be primarily secured by a just and limited government. This predisposes the existence of a governing Elite or “mob-rule” of an Omnipotent Majority.
The latter is what you have under a Democracy. An illegal system which does not protect the individual or minorities against tyranny from the governing majority. One where an unfettered use of the existing legal system thought to provide justice is, in turn, used against those dependent upon the protection of law. In effect, a Democracy is the antithesis to a Republic.
Thomas Jefferson first championed the public school system as a measure of education for the general population. His faith in the common man was based on the person’s ability to elect wise and virtuous leaders. If those persons were educated to understand the stakes involved when voting for governing representatives.
It is my understanding Jefferson’s basis for this being run under the auspices of the federal government was to provide an education free from the religious bias that existed at the time. This form of education was open to all people without regard for their social standing. This was due to the influx of immigrants who brought with them various religious faiths and may have been at odds with the existing schools operated by the Puritans and Congregationalists at the time.
The basis for a public education system was to provide a means of educating the general public on the form of government they had requested sanctuary with. It was considered an important requirement in becoming a citizen.
Another explanation for supporting a state run public education, was because of the demand for workers needed to run the machinery of the Industrial Revolution.
Two completely different and opposing views on what should be a simple subject. One view holds for the individual, while one burnishes the collective.
The purpose of a Republic is to strictly control the majority, so that the minority still has protection of their God-given Rights and liberties. A definition of a Republic is; a constitutionally limited government based on representation of the governed. The governed are free to exercise their rights under the Constitution to adopt or modify (by Amendment) the powers divided in the three branches of government. By governed I mean the people, who are of course the electorate.
The last 50-60 years have seen the minimization of God in this country – accompanied by the debasing of morality. Secondly, the bastardization of the public education system has left several generations without a moral foundation or ability to undertake their God-given rights seriously (as originally intended by Jefferson).
The constant drone of the word democracy being bandied about as to what America is, and the gradual encroachment by a minority, who has now shed their cloaks, reveal what they really stand for.
From Federalist 55:
The sincere friends of liberty, who give themselves up to the extravagancies of this passion, are not aware of the injury they do their own cause. As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust, so there are other qualities in human nature which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence. Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be, that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another.
It behooves the voter to be informed on the issues, and to know whom they entrust with their vote. While the two parties symbolize the two forms of government, America is but one of those by design. Do not necessarily believe the (D) or (R) behind a potential elected official to determine who you vote for.
It is incumbent upon the voter to fully assess the person’s belief system to ensure they utilize their sacred trust placed in them by the voter to uphold the Constitution.
Authors note: The use of the word minorities in the text above in no way constitutes a description of minorities as they are defined by a politically correct view point.