America: Democracy or Republic?

One of the most irritating propaganda ploys one constantly  hears on the Liberal and government media is that America is a “Democracy”. This inaccurate fallacy must be exposed.

America is not a “Democracy” because in a Democracy everyone votes on every piece of legislation, and there is not necessarily a Bill of Rights so that no Individual is truly safe against the aggressions of government. True “Democracy” is really mob-rule and is completely based on pragmatism, not morality.

Now some might say that we have a “Representative Democracy”, but a “Representative Democracy” is better known by its simpler name, a “Republic”. When people vote to choose a representative who then votes in a legislative assembly, then you have a “Republic”, but such a Republic also may not necessarily have a Bill of Rights. Fortunately, America’s Republic does.

So we are not a Democracy, like so many seem to easily say, but more accurately a Republic that uses the Democratic election process to choose its legislative representatives; a Republic, furthermore, that fortunately also has a Bill of Rights that is supposed to protect every Individual against totalitarian actions of the government and the majority. Jefferson and Madison knew how every government will tend to want to crush the Individual at some point, either for economic benefit, or because the Individual is using a Bill of Rights to stand in the way of some Unconstitutional or immoral action by the government (such as illegal search and seizure). And so Wisechief Jefferson, after years of study of the political science of his day and preceding centuries, much of it codified by Puffendorf, gave us that beautiful, wonderful American Bill of Rights, that was to eternally be a giant finger in the face of every Fascist fearmonger that was ever to come after.

Now, in a true Democracy with no Bill of Rights, that was based on the Pragmatic Principle of Jeremy Bentham which said that that action was correct which gave the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people — in such a Democracy any action would be possible. There would be no principles of morality involved, but only what would make the lives of the majority of people more commodious.

If such a Benthamite doctrine ruled over America, it would be quite possible, and quite within the rules of the law, for the 99% of the population who were not ethnically Armenian to decide that it would be in the interests of the vast majority of the population for all of the 1% who were Armenians to be killed and their property confiscated and re-distributed amongst the non-Armentian populace. 99% of the population would find there living standards increased, public services and infrastructure would now have 1% less to deal with, so the roads would be slightly less congested and social services costs would drop somewhat, and only a “mere 1%” would suffer a diminution in their “quality of life”.

The Jeffersonian Republic differs violently from this immoral Benthamite Democracy we have just portrayed. In the Jeffersonian Republic, the 1% Armenian swathe of the population could not be murdered and have their property confiscated, except in violation of the Bill of Rights and probably the Constitution.

But another aspect of this phony Liberal banging of the “Democracy” tambourine every time they get a chance is that we do not even have truly “Democratic” practices in our legislative assemblies and our elections. For example, why do these proselyters of Democracy tolerate the fact that  a 60% or 66% vote is necessary to override a veto at the state or federal level, or that many bond issues must pass by 60%, or that some measures will not be inacted into law if less that 50% of the eligible voters actually vote?  All three of these examples are egregious violations of true Democracy or majority rule, and if those who preach Democracy really believed in it, they would have overthrow these undemocratic voting practices in a month. But they have quietly tolerated them for decades. When 59 votes cannot override the veto of a Democratic President, you will never hear the Democrats say anything about the virtues of majority rule. In this case they trample on true Democracy with Reidy smiles and high-fives.

Furthermore, if Democracy is majority rule, then why is it possible for roughly only 50% of the population to vote in an election, and then for the winner of that election to get 45 to 50% of the cast votes, which means that he has been elected by about 25% of the eligible voters. If the praise singers of Democracy truly believed their words, why would that say that a President who is elected with roughly 25% of the eligible voters is a “Democratically elected” official? If they really believed in Democracy, they would require that every single eligible voter vote, but of course that would contravene our Constitutional guarantee against involuntary servitude. Yet, I’ve never heard any Democrat question the legitimacy of their Administration because President Obama was elected by a mid-20s percentage of all the eligible voters.

So next time you hear someone talking about the virtues and greatness of “Our Democracy”, know that you are listening to someone who is either profoundly ignorant of political science, or else is merely a propagandist, that lowest of all professions among your Human species, also known as “a Liar”.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

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