Democracy vs. Liberty

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For example, the Constitution’s First Amendment doesn’t say Congress shall grant us freedom of speech, the press and religion. It says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”

Contrast the framers’ vision of a republic with that of a democracy. Webster defines a democracy as “government by the people; especially: rule of the majority.” In a democracy, the majority rules either directly or through its elected representatives. As in a monarchy, the law is whatever the government determines it to be. Laws do not represent reason. They represent force. The restraint is upon the individual instead of government. Unlike that envisioned under a republican form of government, rights are seen as privileges and permissions that are granted by government and can be rescinded by government.

To highlight the offensiveness to liberty that democracy and majority rule is, just ask yourself how many decisions in your life would you like to be made democratically. How about what car you drive, where you live, whom you marry, whether you have turkey or ham for Thanksgiving dinner? If those decisions were made through a democratic process, the average person would see it as tyranny and not personal liberty. Is it no less tyranny for the democratic process to determine whether you purchase health insurance or set aside money for retirement? Both for ourselves, and our fellow man around the globe, we should be advocating liberty, not the democracy that we’ve become where a roguish Congress does anything upon which they can muster a majority vote.

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  • Supreme_Galooty

    Many people make the mistake of talking about democracy as a good thing. Many of those who do so also know better. They do it because they are lazy, or possibly worse, because they KNOW that it deteriorates the Great American Experiment – Individual Liberty codified and institutionalized for the first time in history. A republic is hostile to the ruling class and friendly to the country class. A democracy is friendly to the ruling class and hostile to everyone else.

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb." – Benjamin Franklin

    • Steeloak

      I think the mistake is intentional. Those who talk about democracy would love to have mob rule, with themselves the demagogues in charge of the mobs.
      Our system of government is supposed to be hard, with lots of obstacles in place to prevent swift action. The idea is to slow the process down to allow time for reasoned debate and for passions to cool.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    If we focus on the individual and personal right to freedom with
    constitutional guarantees against government intrusion and
    confiscation of property, then democracy may work, a Republic
    is what we need, the idea of the majority rules is ludicrous, just
    look what the majority of Palestinians voted into office. I do not
    discount that there are differences in the aggregate of peoples
    due to background and upbringing as a factor, Americans are
    changing in their makeup and may soon look like the mobs of
    the middle east gratis of the leftist government schools………..William

  • StephenD

    Just watch how this all unfolds in the Mid-East. A true Democracy will see Israel "voted" into annihilation. This "Democracy" of the people speaking is clearly on display in the Egyptian pictures of Mubarak with a Star of David on his forehead (an insult to these people) and the same with Q'addafi 's picture. It was on display during the brutal rape of the reporter in Egypt. Do you really think "the people" of these areas, though they be a majority, really want "equal" rights for all including Women and Christians and Jews? Keep your eye on this and tell me after how much we should encourage majority rule rather than encourage and defend God given rights.

  • USMCSniper

    often have you heard people refer to America as a Democracy? When was the last time that you heard America referred to as a Republic? There is a very good reason that our Pledge of Allegiance refers to our country as a Republic and there is a very good reason that our Declaration of Independence and our constitution do not even mentioned the word "democracy". Many people are under the false impression our form of government is a democracy, or representative democracy. This is of course completely untrue. The Founders were extremely knowledgeable and were deliberately doing everything in their power to prevent having a democracy. In a Republic, the sovereignty resides with the people themselves. In a Republic, one may act on his own or through his representatives when he chooses to solve a problem. The people have no obligation to the government; instead, the government is a servant of the people, and obliged to its owner, The critical difference lies in the fact that a Constitutional Republic has a Constitution that limits the powers of the government.