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A Republic, Not a Democracy!

Thursday, 03 March 2005 12:00 AM

Those who delude themselves into believing that our public schools and universities are telling the truth about the foundations of American government – or, for that matter, teaching our youth how to think – ought to read through the stack of e-mails I regularly receive from educated individuals who passionately defend that which is absolutely false and completely nonsensical.

The latest came from a female New Yorker, responding to my article

I noted, summarizing Plato, that the ‘democratic man,' fixated on his beloved self-interest, first becomes tyrannized by his own lusts, and next tyrannizes everyone else in an unending attempt to satisfy his ever-growing list of lusts – which can never be fully satisfied.

The point being that a society dominated by weak and undisciplined, brutish and unprincipled individuals is ripe for tyranny because slavery and tyranny are already their lot.

Welcome to Human Nature 101. When self-love and self-indulgence are ranked as the greatest of rights, and toleration for every sort of extreme as the highest of virtues, trouble follows. Morality, law and stability take a hit. Turbulence, anarchy and political opportunism come in their wake.

Why is that so hard to understand? This is why the founding father of modern communism, Karl Marx, initiated the battle cry of the Communist Manifesto: "We must win the battle of democracy!" And this is why the Father of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison, opposed democracy, in these words:

"A republic," by contrast, "opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking." (2)

Get it? Communist Founder Marx wanted democracy, and American Founder Madison did not, for the very same reasons: Democracies are unstable, violent, short-lived political systems whose chief aim is the overthrow of private property.

But that is not all. Democracies have other problems, as well, especially in their outlook on equality. They seek to "reduce mankind," Madison warned, "[until they are] equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions." (3)

That is, they preach and practice a false equality that, in the end, impoverishes and enslaves mankind economically, intellectually and morally into one common miserable lot.

This is the exact opposite of the sort of equality the American Founders promoted. St. George Tucker, the author of the 1803 "View of the Constitution of the United States" (the first commentary on the U.S. Constitution), explained what our founders meant by "all men are created equal":

Indeed, the American Founders rejected the equal-ends approach to equality because such an equality, the equality of a pure democracy, produces precisely what communism has always produced: "nothing but extreme poverty, misery, and brutal ignorance, " even as it undermines the best in men.

The Republic our Founders gave us, by embracing true equality – that is, equality under the law and equality of God-given rights – produced the most ingenious, industrious, prosperous, happy and enlightened people in history.

And so let's not pussyfoot around here. What, then, is the real object of a national educational establishment that has rewritten our history books and imposed curriculum mandates that teach the rising generation that the American Founders gave us a democracy?

And what, then, is this educational establishment's real objective when it uses democracy as justification for a "me first, anything goes" agenda that bans capitalism and Christianity from its "anything goes" list?

Are we really naive enough to believe that this fraud was perpetrated by men and women of pure motives, who love American liberty so much that they feel compelled to lie about her foundations?

My ‘educated' reader accused me of writing "an article supporting the end of our democracy." If she had been truly educated, she might have said, with Jefferson, "In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down

She might have said, "You are right, Steve. We are ‘a government of laws, not of men' (6) – that is, a republic, not a democracy – and since ‘the best republics will be virtuous, and have been so,' (7) it is incumbent upon all of us to say ‘No!' to false definitions of equality, and ‘No!' to moral extremes that aim to undermine ‘liberty under law' in favor of ‘anything goes,' on the way to absolute tyranny."

She could have said that, but she didn't; and neither will millions of others similarly educated in this country. And so our work is cut out for us, isn't it?

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1. Madison, James. "The Federalist Papers," No. 10

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

4. Tucker, St. George. "View of the Constitution of the United States: With Selected Writings," Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, 1999, pgs. 40-41.

5. Elliot, Jonathan. "The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Volume 4," p. 543. As quoted from the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, 1799 (authored by Jefferson)

6. Adams, John. "Novanglus Papers, No. 7." Adams published articles in 1774 in the Boston, Massachusetts, Gazette using the pseudonym "Novanglus." In this paper he credited James Harrington with expressing the idea this way. Harrington described a republic as "the empire of laws and not of men" in his 1656 work, "The Commonwealth of Oceana," p. 35 (1771). The phrase gained wider currency when Adams used it in the Massachusetts Constitution, Bill of Rights, Article 30 (1780).

7. Cappon, Lester J., editor. "The Adams-Jefferson Letters," The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill and London, 1959, 1987, p. 167.


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