Two-hundred and thirty-one years ago the U.S. Constitution was signed making America a Constitutional Republic. It is hard to understand why so many U.S. citizens continue to call our political system a “democracy.”
“Thus, a constitution that limited the power of government was necessary to preclude elected officials from imposing tyranny on the people.” This is why they (our founders) adopted a constitution with limited enumerated power, divided and checked across several branches and levels. (Executive; Legislative; Judicial.)
“Unfortunately, many political leaders who purport to the constitution are misinterpreting the Tenth Amendment to promote tyranny on a state level, if not on a national level.”
“Article 4 Section 4 of the Constitution prescribes that “the United States shall guarantee to every state in the Union a Republican form of Government.”
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“How have the elected officials been so successful in radically voiding the Constitutional Republic?
“They have cynically manipulated their electoral mandate to create enough depending upon them for them to enjoy perennial power through democratically held elections.
“This circuitous cycle of dependency, perennial electoral power, and breach of constitutional restraints has transformed our nation from a constitutional republic to a majority-rule democracy (and fostered redistributive socialism).
As one of our founders, John Witherspoon noted “pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state—it is very subject to caprice and to the madness of popular rage.”
A pure unbridled democracy is a political system in which the majority enjoys absolute power by means of democratic elections. In an unvarnished democracy, unrestrained by a constitution, the majority can vote to impose tyranny on themselves and the minority opposition. They can vote to elect those who will infringe upon our inalienable God-given rights. Thomas Jefferson referred to this as elected despotism in “Notes on the State of Virginia.”
Source: The Madison Project
The Second Coming
By William Butler Yeats
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.