Constitutional Food for Thought...Republic Vs. Democracy

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A political piece about Republics and Democracies. The Constitution and the 17th Amendment. Things we need to fix.

Constitutional Food for Thought...Republic Vs. Democracy


Constitutional Food for Thought...Republic Vs. Democracy

If one can discredit Christianity in the eyes of the people, one can then at long last destroy the Constitution, the very foundation of our law and security. This is where we are today.
In a 1832 school text book written by Noah Webster, who authored Article 1 Section 8 of the United States Constitution, and is known as one of America’s leading educators, begins his text book with this quote.
“ The brief exposition of the Constitution of the United States will unfold to young person’s the principles of and it is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of the correct principles the Bible, particularly the New Testament, or the Christian religion”.
Of course this was written when it was thought that the Constitution would always be taught in all of America’s schools. The sad truth is that since the founding of the national Department of Education came on the scene during Jimmy Carters administration, the Constitution has been removed from the nation’s class rooms, but not to worry, as Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals has been added to the advisable reading list.

Republican Government



Did you notice that Webster used the words instead of Democracy? And yes, he did this for a reason, a very good reason. You see way back at the time of this countries founding every American citizen, from old to young, knew that America was a Republic and not a democracy.
Now I know that many out there are going to say one thing or the other, first they are going to say that a Republic and a Democracy are the same thing, or they are going to say that a Republic is a form of Democracy, and there just might be some out there who have absolutely no idea that they are living in a Republic, even though we say it every time we say the pledge of allegiance so I thought it would be best to define both of these forms of government as the Founders did.

James Madison


From James Madison, the author of the Constitution:

We may define a Republic to be…a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their office during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppression by the delegation of their powers.
(Federalist papers, No. 39, page 241)

What We Are Seeing Today


What we are seeing today is Madison’s warning that political office was never meant to be a career, but a limited service to the country. Holding political office was thought of as an honor, not a livelihood.
So is it any wonder that today’s Washington D.C. is ripe with corruption as every politician is there for as long as they can possible be there, making each and every election their main, and sometimes their only concern, not their constituents, or what is good for our country.
What this means is that our elected officials spend most of their time looking for re-election dollars instead of looking at what they can do to make things better for the country. And even more than that, money comes looking for them and money is never free, they must pay for it with favor after favor.
Oh, and by the way, I noticed that John McCain is running for his Senate seat again. The man is 80 years old and one of the most powerful people in Washington, which means corrupt, one of the most corrupt people in Washington, but worry not, the foolish and the proud in Arizona will re-elect the man…They, and we, always do. It is only those elected officials in other states that need to go. Besides, he has done so many favors for so many people that they must re-elect him.

Democracy


So what did the Founders think of Democracy?
For this we must also define it in their words, so here are a few of their definitions.
A government of the masses.

Authority derived through mass meetings or any other form of “direct” expression.

Results in mobocracy.

Attitude toward property is communistic in nature-negating property rights.

Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or government by persons, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.

Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, and anarchy.

This is what Madison said.
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 violent in their deaths.”
(Federalist papers No. 10, page 81)

Two Things


In my opinion we must do two things.
First we must demand that the Constitution be taught in the nation’s schools, and second, we must demand that term limits be applied to the House of Representatives and to the Senate, which since the 17th amendment has became just another Glorified House of Representatives.
You see, before President Woodrow Wilson applied the 17th amendment to the Constitution, Senators were in Washington to protect their individual states rights and therefore they were elected by the individual state legislators and not elected by the people, as they were to protect the rights of the states.

The 17th Amendment


Since the 17th amendment our Senators have become nothing more than glorified Congressmen and our states have been so weekend in their absence that they are doomed to forever bow to the wishes of the President and the Federal Government.
That is why the states today are forever ruled over by Federal judges who without a care dismiss the votes of the people, telling us Americans, from state to state, that our votes count less than their little wooden hammer.

And yes, we need to change that too.

uTAH jAY

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I have been writing since the beginning of time it seems, not because I want to write, but because I have too. My favorite form of writing is poetry, all kinds and types of poetry.

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author avatar Retired
17th Apr 2015 (#)

Exactly! The "democracy" term used continuously by the left is an error. But then again the phrase"Constitutional Republic" DOES contain big words and may be difficult for some. Great stuff Utah! As ALWAYS.
PS. Do you ever find that some of your pages like this seem to sit around for an inordinate amount of time while other peoples' get published rapid fire? But I guess it's just a coincidence. I don't think any of the moderators would be ridiculous and CHILDISH enough to intentionally hold up articles of writers they don't like. It's probably just a coincidence.

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Apr 2015 (#)

utah I am sorry but I still don't understand what a republic is.

Canada is not a republic it is a democracy our house of commons are elected our senate is appointed

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks for a very interesting article. Food for thought here. Blessings.

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author avatar writestuff
19th Apr 2015 (#)

Congratulations on your star. Kudos on this informative post. If our Republic is to survive, it is absolutely necessary that Civics Education be taught on every level of academia. Those who studied civics know Democracy is not an Oligarchy form of governing.

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author avatar Retired
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Shamarie
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Congrats on the star page, Utah Jay! Well deserved!

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author avatar Utah Jay
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica, It seems rather random at times, sometimes my pages are published before I can answer all my comments and other times it takes 12 to 20 some hours. I prefer to believe the moderators are busy rather then picking on me because of my subject matter. Iife is how you look at it, anyway that's what my wife says.

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author avatar Utah Jay
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you for your comment Carol. Let me see if I can help you understand by using something that has been on the news.
In 20 some states the people voted down gay marriage, from California to Utah, however, because the United States Justice Department deems gay marriage as a Constitutional privlage they came into those states and reversed the peoples votes. This would never happen in a Democracy as in a true Democracy the people rule, as apposed to a Republic where the law rules.

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author avatar Utah Jay
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you so much Kingwell.

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author avatar Utah Jay
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you writestuff, I agree with whole heartedly.

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author avatar Utah Jay
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Joyish

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author avatar Michael C Parker
25th May 2018 (#)

Great piece of work Utah. My view on today's Democracy is Hypocrisy as those elected are the elite who have forgotten about the people and their country. A little noise here and there keeps them in power and to have a democratic country the people must not just pry themselves on promises which never come but stand up to what they believe in other than corruption. Every democratic country wants to live a life of freedom and security but yet they live in fear of their lives and property.

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