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The American system is a republic, not a democracy

 

Last updated 2/28/2008 at Noon



There is an inherent danger in democracy (majority rule) and inherent good in a republic (the rule of law). The Pledge of Allegiance states “to the republic for which it stands.”

There are some things that the people should never be allowed to vote on; these are matters that affect the lives (and abridge the God-given rights) of our citizens and constitute power far beyond what you as an individual have a right to do.

The people established our government and cannot delegate any power or right to the government they do not have in and of themselves. If we are trying to impose democracy on the world, then that is the same objective by Karl Marx in the 1848 Communist Manifesto.

Our Forefathers (e.g., Edmund Randolph, Samuel Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and George Washington) have said about democracy that it was the worst form of government man had ever devised – because of where it ultimately led: slavery, and the road to that destination a violent and turbulent one.

The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a Republican form of government – US Constitution, Article 4, Section 4.

Mark Corcoran

 

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