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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.