Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sick and tired of Democracy

I would like to point out a simple fact:

The United States is not a "Democracy" as some continue to mistakenly believe. We are instead a "Constitutional Republic."

A Republic is representative government ruled by law (the Constitution). A democracy is direct government ruled by the majority (mob rule).

The Founders wrote extensively on the dangers of having a Democracy as our form of government, because the will of a simple majority would always rule, and any dissenting points of view would be snuffed out and ignored. They always equated "Democracy" with tyranny.
There are plenty of resources readily available in the Internet regarding this topic.

In our Constitutional Republic, however, we do use some Democratic measures, such as in the election of our leaders and representatives. It is they who are supposed to represent "the Will of the People" in government affairs. If they misrepresent those that elected them, or fail to adhere to Constitutional procedures and/or values, then the people have a right, and a process, in place to recall them to answer for their offenses.

So, as distasteful as it may seem to some, the actual petition for Recall of almost any elected official is not only legal, but has been granted to The People as one of the only tools they can employ if they feel they have been misrepresented.

My only wish is that this tactic would be employed more often, especially on those who we elect and send to the State Capitol and to Washington.

It is time that those whom we elect to represent and/or lead us begin to understand that the United States Constitution, as well as all 50 State Constitutions, actually grants power only to the people.

Anthony Webb

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