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Aren't We a Democracy?

May 3, 2021


Have you noticed that Democrats, Socialists, Liberals, and Communists always refer to the United States as a Democracy? Or that Republicans, Libertarians, Conservatives, Patriots, and anyone who reads the Constitution refers to the United States as a Republic? Have you wondered why?

If you believe we are a democracy, you will find this quotation from Alexander Tyler, a Scottish Professor of History, disturbing: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government." That might sound pretty scary to those who have been brainwashed into believing the United States is a Democracy. There are major differences between a Republic and a Democracy.

We are, and always have been, a Republic. We are not, never have been, and hopefully never will be, a Democracy. Remember, "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands..."? If you labor under the common delusion that the United States was founded as a Democracy, even a cursory examination of the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and other writings of the Founders should set you straight.


Our Founding Fathers studied all the forms of government that had existed throughout recorded history, and determined correctly that a Constitutional Representative Republic was the only lasting form of government that benefited all the people. They made it very clear that they were founding a Republic, NOT a Democracy. Unfortunately, anyone who has studied the changes in our laws over the past century can see that we are in danger of becoming a Democracy.

Having representatives vote in your behalf may not sound very democratic, but the fact is that some people do not know what is best for them. Before you start calling me names or smashing your computer, hear me out. One of the major constituencies of the Democrats is the welfare community. People who receive welfare consistently vote for politicians who favor welfare. That makes sense, doesn’t it? Vote for the guy who keeps the money flowing your way. But is expansion of welfare programs in the best interest of the people receiving welfare? On the surface, it might seem that it is. And for some people who are truly unable to work, welfare is a necessity.

Sadly, we are now paying a third generation of welfare recipients not to work. We’ve all seen how children copy their parents. Children of alcoholics are more likely to become alcoholics. Children of professionals often follow in their parents’ footsteps. Now sociologists are finally realizing that children who observe their parents living off the labor of others grow up thinking it is their right as well.

What has this to do with a Republic versus a Democracy? It serves as an example of the stark differences between the two forms of government. In a Democracy, welfare recipients would be able to vote directly on welfare programs, and most would vote for their continuous expansion. They would do so even though their interests would be better served by job training programs that would get them off of welfare. In a Republic, representatives of the people are chosen to decide what is best for all the people.


You might conclude, "We’re safe, then. We have a representative form of government in which we choose the wisest people to make serious decisions." That is true. We are safe - for now. But there are dangers signs, and many of them surfaced during the 2016 election. Do you remember how the Democrats harped (and are still harping) on the fact that Hillary had a tiny percentage lead in the popular vote? They tried to discredit President Trump by saying that he did not receive a majority of the votes cast. If they cared anything about the Constitution, they would not even bring the matter up, because they know the Founders designed our election process specifically to avoid mob rule.

The second danger sign is the attack on the Electoral College. The Democrats, particularly Hillary Clinton, take every opportunity to refer to the College as "anachronistic," and have even called for a Constitutional Amendment to do away with it. If the Electoral College is anachronistic, so is the rest of the Constitution. Why not do away with representative government altogether and have a monarchy? The Electoral College was carefully designed to make sure that the larger states could not trample over the smaller states. Like our Congress, the numbers Electors are allocated by both population and by state.

More insidious is a process that has been ongoing for decades. That is the process of stripping our fifty states of the rights granted to them by the U.S. Constitution, and conferring those rights on a ridiculously small group of men and women who already have far too much power.


The Constitution confers Enumerated Rights on the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government. All other rights not specifically conferred upon the federal government are reserved to the states and to the people.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

We have forgotten (and our children’s history books have removed) the fact that the thirteen original colonies, and the other territories that were later added, were sovereign nation-states. The rest of the world understands that a “State” is a sovereign nation, as in The State of Israel. But the politicians and bureaucrats of the federal government have systematically stolen the rights of the people and the states to the point where most people believe our fifty states are merely political sub-divisions of the central government, just as counties are political sub-divisions of their states.


This was never the intention of the founders. One of the proper Enumerated Powers of the federal government is “To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.” (Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.) Why was there a recognized need to regulate commerce between the states if they were one homogenous mass?

In addition, every state has its own constitution. If the purpose of the Founders was to have one huge nation with no differences between the states, they would have required the original thirteen states to give up their constitutions, and not allowed future states to have them. They would have also abolished the borders between the states.

Instead, they recognized the benefits – even the necessity – for self-rule by the individual states. This was necessary due to the fact that the geographic and cultural makeup of the states made a “one-size-fits-all” approach impossible. And the genius of allowing state’s the right to govern their own affairs has resulted in a better America, one that is more diverse in thought and belief. America is also stronger, because different ideas were allowed to be tried and tested, and to succeed or fail. We often refer to the “American Experiment.” The states were supposed to be the incubators of those ideas.


The European Union has many parallels to the United States. It is a collection of individual sovereign states that banded together while retaining their identities. The fact that the various states had much different cultures and languages has allowed them to remain separate yet together. Unfortunately, the federal government of the EU has engaged in the same practice s the U.S. of stripping power from the states for itself. That was one of the main reasons that Great Britain broke away from the Union. One of their main complaints was that 88% of the laws that governed them came not from their own Parliament, but from Brussels.

The main difference between the American and European experiences was that Europe came together for economic reasons. They formed the largest free-trade zone in the world. In contrast, the United States came together for protection. But together, with God protecting them and directing their struggle, they became the greatest alliance of nations known to man.

Together they broke the bonds of tyranny by a faraway king and formed an alliance of mutual protection that allowed for freedom and liberty for all within their borders. As long as the federal government obeyed the Constitution and did only what that great document allowed, we had a good thing going. The federal government provided protection from foreign enemies and directed our foreign policy. The states made their own laws, educated their children, and kept taxes low.


Under the Constitution the federal government received funds from the states and from tariffs on foreign goods. The Founders wisely forbade it from taxing the people individually. This maintained a healthy balance of power between the states and the central government.

Unfortunately, after Congress passed several income tax laws that were struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional, Democrats and some turncoat Republicans pushed through the 16th Amendment to the Constitution in 1913. In one short sentence, it gave the federal government ten times the power intended by the Founding Fathers.

For a century before that, the central government had been chipping away at the rights that the Constitution had reserved “reserved to the states and to the people.” Between these two perversions of the Constitution, the politicians have come remarkably close to returning us to the monarchial system of government our forefathers fought and died to free us from. But this time, instead of one king, we have a committee of dictators who rule us, and who answer to no one: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer.

“But what about Congress? Don’t they answer to our elected officials?” If our Senators and Representatives stood up to them, as has been the case in the past, that would be true. But the Democrats have the majority in both houses, and they control the White House. So, a tiny group of Democrat elites write the laws with little or no input from the members of Congress. The committees which are supposed to draft the laws seldom see them. And the members are forced to vote on laws of thousands of pages with less than 24 hours to read them. As Nancy Pelosi famously said about the horrendous ObamaCare Act, “We have to pass it so we can find out what’s in it.”


Obama was the first president to double the National Debt while during his term of office. But in less than four months the Harris-Biden administration has spent or proposed spending (which will pass) that exceeds all the spending of Obama’s first four years. This will leave us with a National debt so great that it will bring our nation to its knees – ripe for the globalists among us and around the world to force us into a global government.

This cannot happen unless we degenerate into a Democracy. In a democracy a simple majority of people who do not work or pay taxes can vote to take money of the people who produce the wealth that keeps our nation strong. This would finalize the bankruptcy of the U.S., making it impossible to pay the interest on our National Debt and forcing us to default on our huge debt obligations to other nations. If we ever allow that to happen, America as we know it will be gone.

By stealing more and more of the powers and authority given to the states by the Constitution, the federal government is hastening the downward slide of America into a democracy. Well over 90% of the activities of the federal government belong to the states. By usurping them, the central government has an excuse to tax us more and more.


Historically, no nation that has taxed its people more than 50% has survived. That was why Rome and dozens of other nations fell. When you consider all taxes – federal, state, and local – many Americans have passed that mark long ago. Citizens of high-tax states are moving to low tax states, leaving fewer people to pay the same bills by way of even higher taxes.

Now we are seeing Americans – the Americans that produce the jobs and wealth of our nation – moving to other nations with reasonable taxes. American companies are doing the same, taking American jobs offshore. This will be the legacy of the Democrat mob that is running Washington today. And this is why Patriots must defeat the Democrats in the mid-term elections and take back the Congress.

Simply put, if the people of the United States do not rise up and demand that Congress return powers they have usurped to the states and to the people, our Republic will degenerate into a Democracy. And our nation will eventually fall, as have so many others before us.


America is a Republic, Not a Democracy

Why the Electoral College is So Important

What Would the Founders Think?

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