A Republic versus A Democracy

Do Americans still share the values of our founders? Do Americans know the difference between a republic and a democracy?

As our nation is in the midst of the Obama transformation we are on the verge of losing control of the government that the founders put in place to protect us from tyranny. Our country is often referred to as a democracy. However this was not the plan of our founding fathers. In fact the founders goal was to create a republic.

What is the difference you might wonder? The fundamental difference is very simple. In a democracy the majority rules. When a majority rules the law is based on the wants and needs of the majority so as a result individuals lose. The government makes the rules according to their needs. The government determines and controls your rights. The founders believed that a democracy could be easily manipulated and ultimately result in a tyrannical form of government that would usurp the rights of its’ citizens. The government becomes the seat of power and the rights of the individual suffer.

Our republic was founded with a Constitution that was designed as a framework for government accountability and protection of individual liberties. In a republic, the individual is the focus of the government. A republican form of government relies on the rule of law. The government’s role is to protect the rights of the individual and to prevent mob rule. In a republic the government recognizes that the rights of its’ citizens come from God and nature. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution reaffirms our rights and liberties are granted by God not the government. It also limits the powers of the federal government. The structure of the federal government as laid out by the founders ensures checks and balances between the branches. Even the structure of Congress (# of House members based on population of a state vs. # of Senators, 2 per state regardless of population) is designed to prevent a dominant majority from abusing the minority. The bottom line is our founders created the framework for a republic not a democracy by design.

As pointed out by noted conservative writer Dr. Walter E. Williams, “The word “democracy” appears nowhere in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution… Instead of a democracy, the Constitution’s Article IV, Section 4, guarantees “to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.” … Does our pledge of allegiance to the flag say to “the democracy for which it stands,” or does it say to “the republic for which it stands”? Or do we sing “The Battle Hymn of the Democracy” or “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”?

It is clear what was intended… yet now there are many in office who have turned their backs on the Constitution, instead opting for personal power and control. Barack Obama has promised to “fundamentally transform America” and make no mistake the transformation has begun.

It is time to teach our friends and children our nation’s real history. It is time to return to the founder’s principles and the values that made America a great nation. Time is running out, join the cause to return America to its’ role as a beacon of hope and leader of the free world.

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left!

“Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” – The Declaration of Independence

“A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins” – Benjamin Franklin

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”- Thomas Jefferson

9 responses to “A Republic versus A Democracy

  1. Tommie Taylor

    I am going to use this article when I teach 8th grade Social Studies. It is excellent.

  2. Let’s be careful here. Republic versus democracy is just a play on words. China, North Korea, Zimbwabwe are republics without democracy. So was the former Soviet Union. Democracy is not the rule of the majority, but the rule of the people (“deimos”).

    Democracy is not necessarily bad. The founding fathers provided a democracy, whether their constitution mentioned it or not: free white wealthy male citizens would vote and determine who would govern them. Over time, customs, laws and the constitution itself were changed: slavery was forbidden, all white male citizens were allowed to vote, then white female citizens, then black citizens.

    Democracy is not inherently bad. It certainly provides “the consent of the governed.” If anything–see the above-mentioned countries as counter-examples–it imposes some limit on corruption. What is bad is its possible perversion when ignorant voters–including wealthy and highly educated ones–fall victims to some collective hysteria–aided by the deliberate instillation of fear and false information such as the 9/11 false flag–and elect psychopaths like Bush & Cheney or megalomaniac liars like Obama. This, over time, this process can deviate democracy into pathocracy (a system in which essential psychopaths become the ruling elite, of which the former Soviet Union was a prime example).

    Restoring the Republic is little more than an empty slogan. The U.S. Republic is a good idea. Its democratic system is not necessarily bad. The problem lies much deeper: countless institutions–governments, media, universities, etc.–are in on some giant conspiracies that have enslaved the global human community to some Platonic cave. The whole world is a stage and “we the people of the world” have been trained to think that “we” are acting while “we” are truly merely reacting to provocations by our self-appointed Masters. The recent NY car-bombing abortion may be just one of theses little plays: isn’t it remarkable that the NYPD was all ready to pepper Manhattan with cameras?

    The U.S. society has very real problems. But blaming democracy is, at the most, a small part of the answer. Democracy, first and foremost, is another impediment in our Masters’ agenda.


  3. Dan Noel has the truth if it. This article while stating various historical documents did not properly differentiate between the letter and the spirit of the system. What Mr. Noel has provided in his response is the actual reality of democracy in the form of republicanism. Believe him!

  4. Excellent article and comments from Dan Noel. I agree with “essential psychopaths become the ruling elite” comment.

  5. You had me until you said “reject the agenda of the progressive left.” But it’s the right we need to be afraid of.

    If this is a Republic, then the Christian majority, who scream for prayer in public schools and the teaching of creationism, would lose. You forgot to explain that in a Republic, the rights of the minority are equal to the rights of the majority. That is how the Constitution guarantees each of us freedoms and why the majority cannot impose their beliefs on everyone else. It works both ways!

    • Dave Johannes

      Two points in response:
      1. We need to be afraid of extremist on either side – left or right. However, I am writing about current event based issue and right now the Constitution is under heavy attack from the left, who’s agenda is a socialist democracy.
      2. On the rights of the minority – it is covered in the fourth paragraph where I said, “The structure of the federal government as laid out by the founders ensures checks and balances between the branches. Even the structure of Congress (# of House members based on population of a state vs. # of Senators, 2 per state regardless of population) is designed to prevent a dominant majority from abusing the minority.” So said slightly different but I think we are saying the same thing.

  6. For those with a genuine interest in this issue, there’s another article on the specifics between a Constitutional Republic and a democracy titled “On the Road From a Republic to a Democracy” to be found at http://www.poorclydesalmanac.info. Therein, the reader will be able to understand that “Republic versus democracy is NOT just a play on words.” Words or semantics are labels for concepts which are used in communications to convey concepts. To suggest that words are a loosee goosee means of communication is not merely linguistic fraud, it is actual fraud by the perpetrator who desires to have it both ways, depending on the circumstances. I think I just defined a politician.

    To say that “The founding fathers provided a democracy” is a very curious assessment based on what some of the key Foundering Fathers had to say about a democracy, to wit:
    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” – Benjamin Franklin [My personal favorite]

    “Such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” – James Madison

    “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams

    “A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way. The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty.” Further, he stated that, “Liberty has never lasted long in a democracy, nor has it ever ended in anything better than despotism.” In fact he believed that it was “democracy that pollutes the morals of the people before it swallows up their freedoms.” – Fisher Ames

    “We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate . . . as [it has] everywhere terminated, in despotism. . . . Democracy! savage and wild. Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to thy level of folly and guilt.” – Gouverneur Morris

    “[T]he experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.” -John Quincy Adams

    “A simple democracy . . . is one of the greatest of evils.” – -Benjamin Rush

    “In democracy . . . there are commonly tumults and disorders. . . . Therefore a pure democracy is generally a very bad government. It is often the most tyrannical government on earth.” -Noah Webster

    “Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state, it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.” – John Witherspoon

    In the past 97 years, our Constitutional Republic has experienced the invasion of two (2) Trojan Horses during the 20th Century; one of them containing Socialism labeled as Democracy, and the other containing Fascism labeled as the Federal Reserve. And that, my friends, is NOT just a play on words.

  7. It is obvious that we have not been a Republic in over 100 years. But apparently we are not even a Democracy either. Ig Democracy means the rule of the majority then in the 1960’s school integration would have never happened. And the Cicl rights act would have never been a bill, much less passed and signed into law. Because the majority never wanted that. Only a small minority wanted that. But it was forced on the American people. The will of the minority has been more important than what the majority has wanted for 50 years now. And our country is suffering deeply because of that.
    So it is obvious that we are neither a Republic or a Democracy. So, what are we? Discuss.

  8. Apparently we have been in an Oligigarchy form of government since WWl maybe longer. Some say since the Civil war we have no longer been a Republic. I think there is much proof of this.

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