The United States is a constitutional republic based on the rule of law whose fundamental basis is the U.S. Constitution. It seems that a majority of the people and our current government have a problem with this fact.
1. Most people think that this nation is a democracy. The slogan being promoted by union organizers is: “Tell me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like”. I heard this at the Save the American Dream Rally in Raleigh and the following video shows what mob rule (Democracy) really looks like:
Our founding fathers understood the difference between mob rule and the rule of law. Whether the following quote is based on actual consideration of a monarchy, it is clear that a democracy was not part of the Constitutional Convention:
Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended,
Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded,
“A republic, if you can keep it.”
In Federalist No. 10, James Madison said,
“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 as short in their lives as they are violent in their deaths.”
The unions which are calling for a revolution for workers’ right are validating their belief that they live in a democracy. History will judge their actions if successful in the same manner as outlined by John Adams:
“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
Unfortunately, their attempts to show us what a democracy looks like are more likely to cause the end of our republic which brings me to the second point.
2. There is a fundamental difference between a democracy and a republic that must be clarified. The word “republic” comes from the Latin res publica — which means simply “the public thing(s),” or more simply “the law(s).” “Democracy,” on the other hand, is derived from the Greek words demos and kratein, which translates to “the people to rule.” This means that the majority of the people override the rights of the individual. Or to put it in simpler terms: mob rule instead of the rule of law.
Without the rule of law, there is no republic by definition. Let’s look at some clear violations of the law.
- Eric Holder’s dismissal of voter intimidation by New Black Panther members in Philadelphia.
- Eric Holder’s lawsuit against the state of Arizona for passing legislation to uphold federal immigration laws.
- Col. Larkin’s lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of the commander in chief. The basis of his case was not allowed to be argued.
- President Obama’s refusal to comply with court orders concerning oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
- President Obama’s refusal to comply with court orders concerning the unconstitutionality of health care legislation.
Once respect of the law is gone and replaced by democracy, the grand experiment known as the United States will be over. We now have to ask ourselves what is coming. History shows us that the next step for a country in our economical and political conditions is a revolution followed by a dictatorship.