I recently came across a very well thought out commentary by Nelson Hultberg titled, “America Is a Republic, Not a Democracy!”
Over the past couple of years, I have desperately attempted to inform friends, family, and even strangers about the form of government our founders designed. Understanding our form of government (and its underlying principles) is vitally important to the survival of freedom and liberty.
This excerpt in Mr. Hultberg’s commentary addresses the confusion most citizens seem to have around our democratic process:
“The democratic process, in its republican form, was meant to be mainly the ability to remove politicians from office peacefully. It was meant to be a method to transfer power, not a method to define the scope and size of government.”
Before we form our opinions of “how things should be,” I caution my fellow citizens to first grasp the scope of the federal government (which is defined in the Constitution) coupled with federalism (i.e. a system of governance where two governmental bodies have jurisdiction over their respective inhabitants). Otherwise, those opinions may continue to lead us down the path of happy-faced tyranny.
- Wall of Separation: Myth? - January 19, 2012
- Republic, Yes! Democracy, No! - March 31, 2010
- Maryland Sovereignty Resolution - February 24, 2010