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Republic or Democracy?

Democracy is not a synonym for freedom.

"Rule by majority is the opposite of rule by morality,
unless you are in Heaven."
    John Perna

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.

Democracy is 51% of the people becoming dictators over the other 49% of the people.

Those, who are in the majority on any particular issue, are not safe either,

because they might not ALWAYS be in the majority.

In a Republic you still elect your officials by a majority vote.
The difference is that in a Republic those officials are limited,
in their actions, and must uphold the rights of individuals
and minorities.

Republics and Democracies 1961 (PAMPHLET) ~ Robert Henry Winborne Welch

The word "Democracy" cannot be found in
the Declaration of Independence,
in the Constitution,
in the Pledge of Allegience to the flag,
in the Constitutions of any of the States.

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.

Are We a Democracy or a Republic?

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."


From James Madison, one of the members of the Convention charged with writing our Constitution, he wrote the following:
 "Democracy is the most vile form of government… …democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found
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
The word democracy does noes not appear in the constitution of a single one of our fifty states.

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

9. 'Democracy' is "The demand by the stupid to rule the intelligent because
the stupid outnumber the intelligent."  –  SFC Steven Barry, USA (retired)
10. John Adams said;
"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."


WEBSTER's 1828 Dictionary definitions:

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.

An actual democracy has only one law: The majority will rule.
A Republic has a body of laws;
which protect the rights of minorities, and of individuals.
All laws are applied equally to everyone regardless of his class.
The government must obey the same laws.

Hallmarks of Democracy
 "Mobocracy": rule according to the whims of majority public opinion.
"Judicial Legislation": rulings from the bench in conformity with "social policy".

"Democracy is a form of government that cannot long survive, for as soon as the people learn that they have a voice in the fiscal policies of the government, they will move to vote for themselves all the money in the treasury, and bankrupt the nation." – Karl Marx, author of the Communist Manifesto.

Hallmarks of a Constitutional Republic
All laws are written laws.
The lawful actions of government can arise from written authority only.
The laws must be written so that any Citizen of average intelligence can understand it, otherwise
it must be held "void for vagueness".
"I pledge allegiance to the flag, and to the Republic for which it stands…" United States pledge of Allegiance."
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…." – Article 4 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.
'Democracy' is "The demand by the stupid to rule the intelligent because
the stupid outnumber the intelligent." — SFC Steven Barry, USA

Democracy- Two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
Republic- A pack of sheep dogs making sure no sheep is attacked. by wolves.
In a Democracy the poorest 51% of the population will vote to take the property of the richest 49% of the population. This redistribution of wealth is a form of socialism, called Fabian socialism. Democracy is the destruction of property rights.

Temporary Democracy

Joseph Olson


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."

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February 5th, 2010

John Perna


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