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WE ARE A REPUBLIC, NOT A DEMOCRACY

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%”.  Some credit that line to Thomas Jefferson, others say no.  But he might well have said it because the founding fathers decidedly did not form the country as a Democracy and for very good reason.  We were formed as a Republic.  Ben Franklin warned that we may not be able to hold it, but we have held it for nearly 240 years.  Now it is slipping away.

Our Republic is slipping into the Democracy the founders feared.  Democracy cedes the power to those candidates most capable of charming the people, not to the candidates most able (and honest) to govern.  There is a reason one of our political parties is called Democratic and the other Republican.  It is the same reason that Democrats seek to alter and diminish the Constitution while Republicans seek to conserve it.  The United States Constitution is a republican (small r) instrument.  Its provisions surrender simple majority rule to the wonderful concept of the separation of powers.  It is still government by the people but with added protection for the people from the government they elect.

Think about that as you watch the video.

AT RANDOM

Topsy turvy
The dictionary says, in a democracy the majority rules. In a republic
the people choose representatives to rule for them.

Every poll shows a clear majority do not want any of the proposed health care bills. Democrats named their party after the concept of democracy. Therefore, it should follow, that in as much as a majority of the people oppose Obamacare, the party of democracy should be bound by their creed to oppose Obamacare also.

Republicans, on the other hand, named their party after the concept of representatives who are authorized to make decisions for the citizens. Once elected, they are not bound by their creed to follow the will of the people on any particular issue.  It follows then, that if one of the parties is taking a stance of its own, apart from the expressed will of the majority, it should be the party of republicanism.

Could it be that the names got mixed up at the hospital?

Some aphorisms
You cannot help the poor, by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man, by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage, by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
William J. H. Boetcker (1873 – 1962)

I don’t know who Boetcker was but he obviously was not a Democrat.

From Thomas Jefferson
[If you are thinking Congress is a lot of talk without action,] how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send 150 lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?  That 150 lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected.

Let us pray
The Bible exhorts us to pray. Let us pray for President Obama according to the dictates of Psalm 109 verse 8 (108:8 in the New Catholic version)