Would You be Surprised?
Copyright Will Ghormley 20012
Would you be surprised to find the word “democracy” is never mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or any of the State Constitutions? If you are the product of public schools you would call me a heretic for even questioning the foundations our beloved “Democracy”. Yet, contrary to popular propaganda, the United States isn’t a “democracy”. Why? Because our founding fathers studied history, that’s why! Historically, any democracy is the pathway to establishing an Oligarchy or anarchy, with the accompanying subjugation and oppression. At all costs, our founders wanted to avoid democracy!
John Adams said, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.”
For this reason, our founders presented us with a Republic…if we could keep it! To understand the beauty of our Republic, we first must have an operating knowledge of civil governance.
At the far left spectrum of civil governance, we have what is known as an Oligarchy. Simply put, an Oligarchy is a ruling elite who are a law unto themselves. They have no legal restraints on their own conduct, and do not consider anyone else as having any civil or personal rights, (other than what the ruling elite grants them). The subjects of an Oligarchy live at the mercy of the ruling elite.
At the far right of the spectrum of civil governance, we have anarchy. Anarchy is the absence of the rule of law, an opposite to Oligarchy’s totalitarian rule of law. With anarchy, each man is a law unto himself and only survives as long as he can protect himself in a lawless environment.
In the center of the civil governance spectrum, the Republic exists. The word republic comes from two Latin words: res and publica. Translated, that means “a matter of the public”, or public law. A Republic is the rejection of the totalitarian law of the Oligarchy, realizing the equally destructive nature of anarchy’s rejection of law itself. A Republic recognizes individuals have rights that must be protected by law…rights protected from both government and lawless individuals. Therefore, enshrined in the heart of a Republic are individual’s rights, protected by the rule of law.
In OUR Republic, our individual rights are listed in the Declaration of Independence, and codified in our Constitution. These become the rule of law acting as the standard all other laws must conform to. Furthermore, the rights listed in the Declaration of Independence and codified in the Constitution are set forth as unalienable rights. An unalienable right is one that is established forever and cannot be legally breached. Our founders considered certain rights to be given to all humanity by God, and therefore could not be legally usurped by any governance of man.
So, if we have an Oligarchy on the far left of the civil governance spectrum, anarchy on the far right of the spectrum, a Republic in the center of the spectrum, where does “democracy” fit in? Democracy in its purest form is mob rule. Democracy enshrines the right to make law with the majority. Any majority of 51% is given ultimate rule of law. In a democracy, as in an Oligarchy and during anarchy, individuals have no rights unless granted them by those in power. For this reason, democracies are inherently unstable, short lived, and funnel societies to either extreme of the civil governance spectrum. John Quincy Adams said, “The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.” This is why you will never find the word “democracy” in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution!
Benjamin Franklin, when asked by a woman what sort of government the young United States had been given, replied, “A Republic ma’am…if you can keep it!” He also said, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”