• Lisa Clapier

US Politics, Where Do We Go From Here


Where to go from here...

America's founding Fathers warned against Democracy (why the word doesn't exist in any of the founding documents):

"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." ~Alexander Hamilton (in the last letter he ever wrote, warned that "our real disease is Democracy")

"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." ~Thomas Jefferson

What is the difference between Democracy and Republic? Despite clear historical evidence showing that the United States was established as a republic and not a democracy, there is still confusion regarding the difference between these two very different systems of government. Some confusion stems because the word "democracy" is used to describe both a "type" and a "form" of government. As a "type" of government, it means that generally free elections are held periodically, which America has. But, as a "form" of government, it means rule by the majority, which America does not have; America is a republic. Webster`s 1828 dictionary states that a Republic is: "A commonwealth; a state in which the exercise of the sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people. In modern usage, it differs from a democracy or democratic state, in which the people exercise the powers of sovereignty in person…"In a democratic form of government, the populace votes on all matters that affect them, and do not elect others to represent their interests. Therefore, a majority-rules direct democracy gives unlimited power to the majority with no protection of the individual`s God-given inalienable rights or the rights of minority groups. In contrast, in a Republic, the power of the majority is limited by a written constitution which safeguards the God-given inalienable rights of minority groups and individuals alike."[1]

It is historically relevant to note that since the birth of the Republic Nation in 1776, no American president referred to America as a democracy until Woodrow Wilson misapplied the term during World War I (which was also the time the global banking system was established). Sadly, today, it has become common to use the term democracy in describing our form of government.[2]

So why is this distinction between words important? It may be that President Obama was right when he asserted that "words matter." Although meanings of words do evolve over time to reflect changes in culture, it appears, in this case, that progressives have intentionally sought to distort the terms "democracy" and "republic" so the misapplied term "democracy" could serve as an ideological Trojan horse that would help transform the republic into a system of government it was never meant to become.

Intention of America's Founding Fathers The Founders never used the words" republic" and "democracy" interchangeably. They had studied various forms and systems of government from throughout history in order to establish a system of government that would best deter a tyrant (in their case King George III), or a group of tyrants, from denying God-given rights to Americans. Interestingly, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution do not use the term democracy to describe our form of government. Furthermore, "Neither the Articles of Confederation nor the Constitution set up direct democracies." The authors of these founding documents disagreed on many points, but on one point they ALL agreed wholeheartedly: "The United States is not a democracy, never was, and never was intended to be. It is a Republic."

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.” ~Benjamin Franklin (The response is attributed to BENJAMIN FRANKLIN—at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation—in the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention.)

The Constitution Article IV, Section 4, declares: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.” Obviously the Framers were not speaking of a political party, as no political parties existed at that time.

Pledge of Allegiance "We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."[3]

Where Does 'US' Go From Here?

Get involved, become an active participant of your future, call for an Article 5 Constitution Convention to amend Electoral College. [4] The United States Electoral College is the institution that elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years. Citizens of the United States "do not" directly elect the president or the vice president. The Democratic Party is the only party that has superdelegates who can vote in opposition to the vote of it's people. Also, NOTE: "no elector is required by federal law to honor a pledge." On four occasions, most recently in 2000, the Electoral College system has resulted in the election of a candidate who did not receive the most popular votes in the election. There are currently 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 Representatives and 100 Senators, plus the three additional electors from the District of Columbia. The Constitution bars any federal official, elected or appointed, from being an elector.[5]

In The Federalist Papers, James Madison explained his views on the selection of the president and the Constitution. In Federalist No. 39, Madison argued that the Constitution was designed to be a mixture of state-based and population-based government. Congress would have two houses: the state-based Senate and the population-based House of Representatives. Meanwhile, the president would be elected by a mixture of the two modes.

Additionally, in the Federalist No. 10, James Madison argued against "an interested and overbearing majority" and the "mischiefs of faction" in an electoral system. He defined a faction as "a number of citizens whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community." Republican government (i.e., federalism, as opposed to direct democracy), with its varied distribution of voter rights and powers, would countervail against factions. Madison further postulated in the Federalist No. 10 that the greater the population and expanse of the Republic, the more difficulty factions would face in organizing due to such issues as sectionalism.[5] Although the United States Constitution refers to "Electors" and "electors", neither the phrase "Electoral College" nor any other name is used to describe the electors collectively. It was not until the early 19th century that the name "Electoral College" came into general usage as the collective designation for the electors selected to cast votes for president and vice president. It was first written into federal law in 1845 and today the term appears in 3 U.S.C. § 4, in the section heading and in the text as "college of electors". [6]

Get INVOLVED! ‪#‎BeTheChange‬

Closing words from Los Angeles' Filmmaker, Father, Activist Mikki Willis, after US Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA, USA (video released 4 August 2016)

[1] “Websters 1828 Dictionary" <http://www.webster1828.com/websters1828/definition.aspx?word=Republic>

[2] Boller, Paul F., Jr." Not So! Popular Myths About America from Columbus to Clinton" 1995. 35-38. Print.

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_Five_of_the_United_States_Constitution

[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Electoral_College_(United_States)

[5] The Federalist Papers: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay The New American Library, 1961

[6] http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/faq.html

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