Republic or Democracy?
Democracy is not a synonym for freedom.
In a Democracy there can be no individual rights,
and there can be no minority rights.
In a Democracy, only the majority has rights, and those rights are unlimited.
Those, who are in the majority on any particular issue, are not safe either,
because they might not ALWAYS be in the majority.
in the Constitution,
It was not left out by accident. Our founding fathers wrote long essays of
the concept, and left no doubt that it was not error that they would not be
foolish enough to make.
1. From the 1928 US Army Manual, used for all men in army uniform, it gave
the definition of democracy: "A government of the masses. Authority derived
through mass meeting of any, for direct expression. Results in mobocracy.
Attitude toward property is communistic–negating property rights. Attitude
toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be
based upon delibaration or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse,
without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demogogism, license,
agitation, discontent, anarchy."
incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in
general been as short in their lives as they have been in violent in their
3. John Marshall, who was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1801 to
1835 said: "Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is
like that between order and chaos."
4. Alexander Hamilton, in a speech made on June 21, 1778, stated: "It had
been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most
perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false
than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves
deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very
character was tyranny; their figure deformity."
5. Ralph Waldo Emerson stated: "Democracy becomes a government of bullies
tempered by editors."
6. George Washington is his first inaugural address, dedicated himself to
"The preservation…of the republic model of government."
7. When asked about the form of government produced by the Constitutional
Convention, Thomas Jefferson answered, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
8. The Pledge of Allegiance says, "…and to the REPUBLIC for which it
the stupid outnumber the intelligent." – SFC Steven Barry, USA (retired)
"Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy; …
and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty
will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould
itself into a system of subordination of all the moral
virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of
wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton
pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable …
cruelty of one or a very few."
DEMOCRACY: Government by the people; a form of government, in which the supreme powers is lodged in the hands of the people collectively, or in which the people exercise the power of legislation. Such was the goverment of Athens.
REPUBLIC: 1. A commonwealth; a state in which the exercise of the sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people. In modern usage, it differs from a democarcy or democratic state, in which the people exercise the powers of sovereignty in person. Yet the democracies of Greece are often called REPUBLICS. 2. Common interest; the public. Republic of letters, the collective body of learned men.
the stupid outnumber the intelligent." — SFC Steven Barry, USA
About the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, in the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinburgh) had this to say about "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior.
"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 due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."
Countries do not continue to exist as democracies for longer than it takes for the people to learn that they can plunder by the vote.
Democracies are quickly replaced by tyrannies.
About the time our original thirteen states
adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander
Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the
University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the
fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it
simply cannot exist as a permanent form of
"A democracy will continue to exist up until the
time that voters discover they can vote themselves
generous gifts from the public treasury."
"From that moment on, the majority always vote for
the candidates who promise the most benefits from
the public treasury, with the result that every
democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal
policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."
"The average age of the world's greatest
civilizations from the beginning of history, has
been about 200 years."
"During those 200 years, those nations always
progressed through the following sequence:
1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage"
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage."