A Republic is a government of law under a Constitution. The Constitution holds the government in check and prevents the majority (acting through their government) from violating the rights of the individual. Under this system of government a lynch mob is illegal. The suspected criminal cannot be denied his right to a fair trial even if the majority of the citizenry demands otherwise.
A democracy is majority rule and is destructive of liberty because there is no law to prevent the majority from trampling on individual rights. Whatever the majority says goes! A lynch mob is an example of pure democracy in action, the only dissenting vote is cast by the unfortunate person with the noose around his neck!
A Republic and a democracy are often taken as one and the same thing, but there is one huge fundamental difference. Whilst in both cases the government is elected by the people, in a democracy the majority rules according to their whims, whilst in the Republic the Government rule is according to law. This law is framed in our Constitution and meant to directly limit the power of our Government ensuring some rights and protection to minorities and individuals.
Anyone who claims our Constitution is a ‘living document’ meant to be molded and changed with the times is a socialist ‘progressive’ bent on destroying the very fabric of America. Abe Lincoln sees it this way;(“Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.”) We cannot allow their progressive notions of ‘change’ to happen, it would ruin us as a nation, this, history shows. If we bend our principles, they are not principles any more.
To ‘progressives’ our Constitution is a despised roadblock in the pathway of their agenda to ‘fundamentally change America’, and they have been working for decades to undermine the Constitution and our way of life. A very real attempt to bankrupt America is underway by progressives this minute, by doing so they will argue the need to ‘suspend’ our Constitution in the wake of their self made “crisis” in order to ‘save’ America. As A.G. Eric Holder said,”Never let a crisis go to waste”. During the State of the Union Address, Obama acknowledged the Republicans as “my Republican friends”, but I noted that he acknowledged the Democrats as “my ‘progressive’ friends”, he did not call them democrats at all.
Here is another word from Abraham Lincoln; (“We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who would pervert the Constitution.“)
He knew, as well as many great men in our past understood, that absolute power corrupts absolutely, this is why it was so very important to have a Republic, with the ‘checks and balances’ built into the framework of our Constitution. These checks and balances are not found in any definition of a democracy, these are the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. Patrick Henry warned; (“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force you are ruined“)
Elected officials in D.C. have accosted our First Amendment, (McCain/Fiengold bill), and our Second Amendment for years because they have become corrupted by being in power for to long, these amendments have become roadblocks to their far reaching, treasonous, agendas. If they become successful in their schemes it will effect all future generations of Americans and will strip away long fought for freedoms, forever.
We the People have two choices to make sure that will not happen.
1. Vote these unbelievably arrogant incumbents out of office, they have by far overstayed their welcome, and they have demonstrated that they are Constitutionally challenged in their knowledge of the Constitution they solemnly swore to uphold. (I believe the first choice is the best way.)
2. The second way has already been done in the past, read your history books, (the books that have not been rewritten yet by the ‘progressives’) it was called the American Revolution. Let us hope we are not forced to repeat history in that respect, but stand ready.
Thomas Jefferson warns us; (“ The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.“)
So, is it important to understand the difference between a Republic and a democracy? You bet your freedom and stability it is!
Mark Shean- written 2-17-2010 www.mafirearmsafety.com