Thursday, January 25, 2007

The United States of America Is Not A Democracy


You think I'm going moonbat on you, don't ya? No, I just think this is A very important post from Nevsky at The Murky Waters:


The United States of America is NOT a Democracy!

Repeat after me:

"I pledge allegiance,to the flag,
of the United States of America,
and to the ...."

The United States of America is a Republic.

In a democracy, a majority of the people can vote to take away the rights of a minority; fifty-one percent of the people can vote to take away the "rights" of the other forty-nine percent because, in a democracy, these "rights" are not established, except by a vote.

In a republic, certain rights are established, and those rights cannot be voted away by a majority; they can be changed only by changing the republic's fundamental laws, its constitution. So, in a republic, ninety-nine percent of the voters cannot legally take away the rights of the other one percent (depending upon the peculiars of the fundamental laws).

Reality, however, is that in the United States, many people don't know the difference. They use the term "democracy" and mean "republic" as we have established ours. Consequently, we Americans let our inalienable rights get infringed by democratic processes.

Article IV, Section 4 of the US Constitution states:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.

"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government"

The United States of America is a Republic with democratic principles. The United States of America is a constitutional republic that relies on representative democracy. The majority rule is tempered by legal protection of minority rights; Constitutional safeguards exist to prevent a tyranny of the majority.

The United States of America is NOT a democracy.