Letter: A Republic, if you can keep it
Have you ever pledged allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Democracy for which it stands?
Of course not. But don’t we have a democracy? Actually, our Constitution gives us a republic. And a democracy and a republic are two entirely different forms of government. A republic is a government of laws whereas a democracy is government by majority rule.
A lynch mob is democracy in action. The mob wants to hang you and you only get one vote. But if you believe someone is innocent until proven guilty, and a jury of their peers should decide their fate, then you believe in a nation of laws. Said another way, democracy is five wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch.
Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the U.S. do you find the word democracy. But today, the preponderant number of people would say that we are a democracy. Just note how many legislators and TV commentators refer to our democracy in glowing terms—showing their total ignorance of just what form of government we actually have.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. Once voters discover they can get money from the government, they will vote for the candidates promising the most benefits, with the result that the economy and democracy will ultimately collapse, followed by a dictatorship.
Let’s use the opportunities we still have to preserve our republic.