Mark Carroll advises:
My oldest friend and I were recently discussing “democracy.” (majority/mob rule) He mentioned that he hated that word.
I am sick of Hillary Clinton talking about “Our Democracy.” She harps about it constantly; telling us about all the threats to “our democracy.” Recently on his TV program, even Tucker Carlson referred to “our constitutional democracy.”
Frankly, I hate that word, too. We are not now, and never have been, a democracy – although the left has conditioned us to use that word and tries to transform us into one.
The Founders knew the dangers of democracy:
“…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.” James Madison, Federalist Papers Number 10
The word ‘democracy’ is nowhere in the Declaration of Independence.
The word ‘democracy’ is nowhere in the Constitution of the United States.
The word ‘democracy’ is nowhere in the 50 state constitutions.
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government” Article IV, Section 4, US Constitution
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands…”*
By the way, a republic is the rule of law, where the rights of the minority are protected – whether that’s one person or 49% of the people. Contrast that with democracy, where,on a whim, 51% of the people can take your rights away.
1928 U.S. Army Training Manual:
“Democracy: A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any form of “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 deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.”
And then the change:
The Soldiers Guide, Department of the Army Field Manual, 1952:
“Meaning of democracy. Because the United States is a democracy, the majority of the people decide how our government will be organized and run…”
The majority of the people DO NOT decide how our government will be organized and run – that’s the Constitution.
The best example of democracy in action:
Pilate: “I find no guilt in this man.”
The mob: “Crucify Him!”
The next time someone uses the word democracy – punch them in the nose.
A final indictment of democracy: it is usually a way-station on the road to Hell—I mean, Marxism.
*Quoting from the pledge of allegiance doesn’t mean I endorse it. I’m just using something everyone knows to contrast our founding as a republic and not a democracy.
7:06 pm on May 12, 2021 Email Becky Akers