Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A REPUBLIC WORTHY OF ACTIVISM

History is important.  It serves as a reference point to guide and remind human kind of its glory and vices.  As our Founders created a republic, let us briefly review how our republic stands according to history and original intent.

At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787,  Ben Franklin was queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation. In the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention,  a lady asked Dr. Franklin, “Well Doctor what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”  Franklin replied, 
“A republic, if you can keep it.”
Our Constitution created a limited representative republic.  A republic is different from a democracy.  In a democracy, the majority can directly make laws, while in a republic, elected representatives make laws.  Basically, in a pure democracy, the majority has unlimited power, whereas in a republic, a written constitution limits the majority and provides safeguards for the individual and minorities.
The Founders’ intent at the national level was a representative republic.  The word democracy is not mentioned in the Constitution.   Most of the Founders distrusted pure democracy.  Some had been frightened by Shays Revolt and equated democracy with mob rule.  Others were convinced by Madison that different factions would come together until they formed a majority, and then take advantage of those who were not members of their coalition. In fact, Madison showed that throughout history, this phenomenon had destroyed every experiment in democracy.
James Madison wrote in Federalist 10, “Democracies have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” The reason pure democracies fail is that majorities learn that they can legally take property and/or liberties away from others. Those subjected to abuse can be anyone outside the majority coalition, and their minority status can be based on race, religion, wealth, political affiliation, or even which city or state they reside in. Demagogic leaders become adept at appealing to the emotions of jealousy, avarice, and entitlement. 
A major difference between a republic and a democracy is immediacy. The Founders wanted laws made by representatives in order to put a buffer between popular passions and legislation. To a great extent, democracies are ruled by feelings, while in a republic, the rule of law governs. In a republic, politicians can take principled actions that go against the will of many of their constituents with the knowledge that they will be judged by all the actions they take during their entire term in office. 


Now in our present day, what is the state of our republic?

The citizens of America have become complacent in their role in government.   Citizens in many regards have abdicated their responsibility to hold government in check.  They have allowed government to act without recourse.  Now years later, federal, state and local elected officials dictate policy and authority down to the citizens. 

Political parties have taken full advantage of this laziness.  Decades of allowing elected officials to serve 10, 20 or 30+ years in office is the new the norm.  Political parties operate in an autonomous fashion without regard to the pleas of their base.  

In many regards, citizens have turned a blind eye to the spectre of big government.  Government has ballooned with spending and duplicitous bureaucracy.  More and more elected officials have become sucked into the institutional cronyism provided by unchecked rule.  Now our government is less responsive to citizens, less concerned about the rule of law, and guilty of generational theft with $18+ Trillion in national debt.

Remember, our Founders minded us of the pitfalls of a democracy versus a republic.  We have a republic, '...if we can keep it'.

America must wake up!  It is time for citizens to hold government accountable.

Do you agree that our republic is worthy of activism?  That Americans must stand strong and take an active role in government?

Fellow Americans, our republic requires your attention.  Too much time has passed without citizens  serving as good stewards of government.

If you care about our country, our heritage, our future, you must take a stand for liberty.

Consider having a sense of urgency for America.  If not you, then who?  If not now, then when will our republic be restored?

Bottom line:  It is time for citizens to wake up, realize the state of the union, and take ownership of our republic.  Citizens, it is time to look inside yourself.  What will you do to be a proper steward of this great republic?

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