It always amazes me when I hear people, especially elected politicians, call the United States of America a democracy. The founding fathers created a Republic. They did not create a democracy. However, many people do not know the difference.
If you consider the type of government by how it is ruled, you will get four basic types. You will get anarchy, which is ruled by no one; a monarchy, which is rule by one person; an oligarchy, which is ruled by many people; a democracy, which is ruled by the majority; or a republic, which is ruled by law.
Anarchy doesn’t last very long. A monarchy usually becomes an oligarchy. So we are left with oligarchy, democracy or republic. Our founding fathers decided on a republic. They created the Constitution to provide the law that would govern the republic.
It has been said that when Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention of 1787, he was asked by a lady, “Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic,” replied the Doctor, “if you can keep it.”
Although we are a democratic republic, it is important to remember that the United States is a republic, not a democracy. We have the Constitution as our law. We cannot let the majority rule if it violates the Constitution.
In 1887, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” He also said, “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which, if acted on, would save one-half the wars of the world.”
It is widely accepted that Benjamin Franklin once said, “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
Our country is having an economic, social and moral break down. When you read these quotes, you can see that we are doing what they warn us to avoid.
Our elected officials take an oath of office to defend the Constitution. If they kept their oath, how did we get to where we are today? We have had five undeclared wars, American citizens can be arrested and imprisoned without a trial and now they want to tell us what kind of food we can eat.
Democrats blame the republicans and the republicans blame the democrats. When will the voters realize that it is both their fault? They have been playing “good cop and bad cop” with the voters for almost 100 years. It is time for the Nevada voters to reclaim their state. Do not vote for a party. Only vote for a candidate that you can trust to keep their oath of office. Vote for candidates who will defend our State and Federal Constitutions. Vote for an independent candidate, and send a message that Nevada will not be intimidated or controlled by any political party.