In response to Joe Nagy’s piece, ours is neither a “kingdom” nor a “democracy.” Rather it is, and always has been, a representative Republic. Our founders were quite animate on that point.
For example, upon departing the Constitutional Convention, a woman reportedly shouted out, “Dr. Franklin, what have we got?” Ben replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
He didn’t say a democracy, which our founders both feared and unanimously rejected. And if we allow our Republic to devolve into a democracy, we’ll have lost what Ben, the founders and framers feared we couldn’t keep. Rather, Franklin wrote: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
The father of the Constitution recorded: “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property…A republic, by which I mean a government in which a scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking.” — James Madison
In his inaugural address, he dedicated himself to “the republican model of government,” and earlier noted: “It is one of the evils of democratical governments, that the people, not always seeing and frequently misled, must often feel before they can act right; but then evil of this nature seldom fail to work their own cure.” — George Washington
The Secretary of the Treasury inscribed: “Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy we shall soon shoot into a monarchy, or some other form of a dictatorship...We are a Republican Government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of democracy.”— Alexander Hamilton
A signer of the Declaration of Independence stated: “A simple democracy is the devil’s own government.” — Benjamin Rush
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court penned: “Too many … love pure democracy dearly. They seem not to consider that pure democracy, like pure rum, easily produces intoxication, and with it a thousand mad pranks and fooleries.” — John Jay
So it was that our framers unanimously established: “We the People of…the United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of government.” — U.S. Constitution, Article IV
In the meantime, enjoy your tax cuts, prosperity, record low unemployment, GDP growth rates, booming stock market, manufacturing jobs coming back, energy independence, and so forth, courtesy of my party. When we set out to criticize my president and your opposition party, can we start with at least one sound premise?
And when we pledge, we say: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” You’re already trying to take away God. We the people must never allow the leftists to take away our Republic.
William C. Nelson is an Eagle Scout, served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as an aeronautical engineer eight years ago.