“It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny their figure deformity.”
– Alexander Hamilton
In America, do we have a Democracy or a Republic?
What’s the difference?
In a Democracy, the majority is sovereign.
In a Republic, the individual is sovereign.
If the majority is king, then the majority could impress their will on the minority, and this would lead to oppression.
“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
Our founding fathers gave us a Republican form of government, not a Democracy, which they considered to be a poor form of governance.
America is a Republic
“We are a Republican Government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy.”
– Alexander Hamilton
Neither the word “democracy” nor its derivatives occur in the U.S. Declaration of Independence or in the U.S. Constitution.
Yet because of an 80-year propaganda campaign. the American public has been brainwashed to believe that “democracy” was what the American Founding Fathers wished to establish on the North American continent (as a model for the world).
The truth is precisely the opposite.
The Founding Fathers framed the U.S. Constitution so as to protect Americans from the tyranny of democracy and to protect individual liberty.
A few quotes to remember about Democracy:
“Remember, Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself! There never was a democracy that ‘did not commit suicide’.”
– Samuel Adams
“Democracy: A government of the masses. Authority — derived through mass meeting or any form of ‘direct’ expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic — negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.”
– The U.S. Army Training Manual, 1928