Constitutional Republic vs. Democracy

Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address sorely missed the mark. He mentioned “democracy” eight times. His speech ended with two more. He never once mentioned America as a Republic. This same mindset has long embraced public school education. Students should be taught in government classes like civics and social studies that America is a Constitutional Republic. There’s a huge difference between Democracy and a Constitutional Republic.

A democracy is a political system in which the people periodically, by majority, vote at the poll to select rulers. The rulers then have absolute power by majority vote among themselves.

In a Constitutional Republic, the people, also by majority vote among themselves, select rulers who make laws. However, the rulers cannot make any laws they please because the Constitution severely restricts their law-making power. The ideal of a Democracy is Universal Equality. The ideal of a Constitutional Republic is Individual Liberty.

Great strides have been made toward the goal of subverting our Republic and transforming it into a Democracy. The subverters foremost tactic is subversion of language by calling America a Democracy until people thoughtlessly accept and use the term.

Totalitarians have obscured the real meaning of American principles of government. Writers of the Constitution were anxious to safeguard liberty against dictatorship … monarchy as they called it. But their chief anxiety was to protect the country against Democracy.

Edmund Randolph, delegate to the Constitutional Convention from Virginia, said the general object of the Convention was to provide a cure for the follies and fury of democracy. Elbridge Gary and Roger Sherman, delegates from Massachusetts and Connecticut, urged the Constitutional Convention to create a system to eliminate the evils that flow from the excess of democracy.

John Adams said, “Democracy will envy all, contend with all, endeavor to pull down all. And when by chance if it happens to get the upper hand for a short time, democracy will be revengeful, bloody and cruel.

Our Constitution requires a republican form of government for all states but does not mention democracy and neither does the Declaration of Independence nor the Bill of Rights.

[Source: video via Jack Straw from SimonAteba @simonateba]

America’s founders were aware that a just government must be derived from biblical principles. Our Constitutional tripartite balance of power is modeled by God’s very character in Isaiah 33:22: “For the Lord is our Judge; the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us.”

Marilyn Sager



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