November 12, 2012 10:08am CST
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=j7M-7LkvcVw PLEASE VIEW THIS SHORT VIDEO. What form of government does America have? Is it a democracy? or a republic? Most Americans would tell you we have a democracy. But is that so? Ben Franklin was asked what have you given us and he replied, a republic, if you can keep it. So why is it Americans feel they have a democracy? What is the difference between a democracy and a republic. A democracy is one vote per person. A simple majority rules. If 51% want something, it passes. In a republic, it is the LAW that rules, not the majority. So, if 51% want something, it has to be LEGAL before they get it. We have the Constitution that provides the framework of LAW. And all laws, government regulations and duly passed legislation, even if supported by popular majority, (a democracy) must abide by the LAW of the land, the Constitution. If it does NOT, it is not binding upon the people. There are several types or forms of government, as well as a state of NO government and a state of total government. Monarchy/dictator oligarchy democracy republic anarchy rule by one rule by elite rule by majority rule of law no gov. at all few Contrary to some popular opinion, communism and nazism are not opposites. They are both forms of total government rule or rule by the elite. Monarchies and dictatorships are really rule by an elite as most monarchs and dictators have a group of select helping them rule, so in effect, they are oligarchies. Oligarchies are the rule of an elite few. Money, political power and force are how they maintain order. Only those with that power have a say. Most of the countries of the world are rule this way. Oligarchies focus political power into the hands of a small, powerful minority of rulers. Since they control the laws of society, these minorities pass laws for their own interests and exclude the masses from the political process. Democracies are mob rule. The majority dictates what happens. This may seem fine, but what if the mob votes itself rights to YOUR property? Republics are the type of government that allows for the most freedom and liberty for the people. The rule of law, where the rich and the poor must abide by and are protected by, the LAW. Anarchy is total chaos and often used to over throw dictators and oligarchies, democracies and republics. It was used in the Russian Revolution and the take over of Germany by Nazis. Anarchy is NOT a fun thing to live through. When LAW is ignored, or thrown aside, a country is said to be sliding into anarchy. So, that leaves us the Republican form of government or rule of law as the most acceptable form of government for a free people. “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.” James Madison What about RIGHTS? http://www.unalienable.com/unalien.htm "Unalienable: incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred." Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 1523: You can not surrender, sell or transfer unalienable rights, they are a gift from the creator to the individual and can not under any circumstances be surrendered or taken. All individual's have unalienable rights. Inalienable rights: Rights which are not capable of being surrendered or transferred without the consent of the one possessing such rights. Morrison v. State, Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d 97, 101. 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. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,-'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;' and to 'secure,' not grant or create, these rights, governments are instituted. That property which a man has honestly acquired he retains full control of, subject to these limitations: First, that he shall not use it to his neighbor's injury, and that does not mean that he must use it for his neighbor's benefit; second, that if the devotes it to a public use, he gives to the public a right to control that use; and third, that whenever the public needs require, the public may take it upon payment of due compensation. BUDD v. PEOPLE OF STATE OF NEW YORK, 143 U.S. 517 (1892) The Constitution was intended to be that LAW that secured (gov. does not grant rights it protects rights) our RIGHTS given to us by virtue of being born. LIFE, LIBERTY, PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. What are those three unalienable rights, what do they mean? LIFE: No one, not even the government can take a human life without due process of law. A trial by a jury of ones peers. Next is LIBERTY: Liberty is the quality or state of being free, the power to do as one pleases, freedom from physical restraint, freedom from arbitrary or despotic control, the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges, the power of choice. We can do as we please as long as it does not limit or restrict the liberty of others. We cannot be held against our will unless we've broken the law, and then it must be shown first there is evidence we did break the law, the burden of proof is on the accusor. We have the right to the fruits of our labor and to decide how to use them. PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: John Locke's (philosopher) original formulation was life, liberty and property. These are the natural rights which government exists to protect and was foremost in the minds of the Founding Fathers. These are the foundation of freedom. If government has arbitrary rights to take your life, liberty or property, that society will inevitably deteriorate into tyranny. Jefferson's "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness," expands upon Locke in one important way: it recognizes that property ownership is a means to an end. Having property means that one has the ability to support one's self, develop God (or nature) given talents, develop your spiritual life and character through choice of beliefs and values, control of the sweat from your labor to keep, trade, or give away to another whether it is intellectual property or material goods. Property is not just material objects, but that which belongs to you, that which you own. Property rights allow you the resources to pursue that happiness. So there you have it. We are a Constitutional Republic, the LAW rules. Not a president, not an elected body of men, and not the majority, no matter how popular their desires are. IF the elected government does NOT abide by the LAW of the land, the Constitution the people have a RIGHT to remove them and elect those who will. Read and understand what the Constitution guarantees and prohibits.
• United States
12 Nov 12
Here in the U.S. we've been so fortunate! I hope it holds up for as long as possible.. My youngest grand child is four, and I hope she can live out her days with liberty and rights intact, but I can definitely see this country drifting away from the liberty of being a republic of laws, and checks and balances to government power and reach, and drifting into a sort of popular elite. I think the wool is being pulled over the people's eyes. Education, for a long time now, no longer seems to teach accurately about the founding of this country, about the founders and about the constitution. There's a bias, and man's theory of life is being taught as fact, that a Creator is a sort of childhood myth, believed only by the ignorant, and the mindset is condescension toward those who disagree with the popular trend. More and more things are being focused upon rights as being government given, while government makes benevolent promises which reinforces this belief. I also see a trend in the society toward mob mentality, in that it seems to me the condescension is turning into something worse, and property is starting to be seen as collective, and a living and good quality of life is beginning to be seen as something government should somehow provide. - I hope I'm wrong in these perceptions.
• United States
12 Nov 12
Well said flowerchilde! This great nation was founded on republic values and it seems with the help of our educational system democracy and republic have be turned into the same thing. Since they're entertwined together the only type of government left is anarchy. It's sad that people don't understand that We The People are the government, not just an elite group/person.