Amid so much controversy and conflicting opinions on the way our government is run, the question arises, “What kind of government is in power in America?”
Well, we know that our government was built upon a Republic. Any child could tell you that. The ones that are allowed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, anyway. Though our current leader seems unable to either recite the Pledge or to show any respect to the flag when the Pledge is being recited…
and to the Republic for which it stands…”
“When asked by passerby what sort of government the constitutional convention had formulated for the new nation, Benjamin Franklin replied,
‘A republic, if you can keep it
What is a republic? Let’s refresh our memories on the definition of this word.
According to Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, page 625, the official definition of ‘Republican Government’ is as follows:
“One in which the powers of sovereignty are vested in the people and are exercised by the people, either directly or indirectly, or through representatives chosen by the people, to whom those powers are specially delegated. (NOTE: The word ‘people’ may be either plural or singular. In a republic the group only has advisory powers; the sovereign individual is free to reject the majority group-think. USA/exception: if 100% of a jury convicts, then the individual loses sovereignty and is subject to group-think as in a democracy.” (Source)
Legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com lists republic as: “That form of government in which the administration of affairs is open to all the citizens. A political unit or ‘state,’ independent of its form of government.”
So, the people under this form of government have natural rights granted them just by being born, by whatever Supreme Being they believe is in charge, hence, each individual person has sovereignty. In other words, final authority rests with the People.
Our Founding Fathers intended most domestic laws to be handled by the states themselves, not heavily relying on the federal government for decisions.
Wiskegeek.org sums it up nicely:
“The strength of the republican form of government relies on the people involved. In some countries, citizens are extremely active in their governments, working to reform things they dislike, participating in the elections, and holding officials accountable for their actions. In other nations, people are not as active, either out of a lack of will or understanding or because the officials in the government keep them in a state of fear or confusion.”
I would add: or in ignorance; or bickering over little things that people will never agree on. They know that if you keep the people distracted, fighting amongst themselves over the little things, they won’t have time to defend themselves in the bigger things, nor will they even notice their freedoms getting taken away little by little.
Another definition puts it this way: “The sovereignty resides in the people themelves, whether one or many; one may act on his own or through his representatives as he chooses to solve a problem; people have no obligation to the government; instead, the government being hired by the people, is obliged to it’s owner, the people.” So those cross country jet plane trips, lobster flown into the West Coast from the East Coast for dinner, all of those little luxuries that We the People do not agree to pay for, but are funded by our tax dollars anyway, would not happen in a Republic, because the government is hired by the people, and obliged to its owner, the people. Hmm, so We the People, the ones that hire the government, do not have to pay for thier private jets, golf outings, etc. and our money is not theirs to collect and redistribute as they see fit. If we lived in a Republic, that is.
One last quote to think about from the Preamble to the United States Constitution:
“In delegating powers to the government agencies the people gave up none of their own.”
Now let’s move on to “democracy,” what most people (including myself) were erroneously taught America was built upon and supposed to be due to our democratic process of election.
Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, pages 388-389, gives the definition as: “that form of government in which the sovereign power resides in and is exercised by the whole body of free citizens directly or indirectly through a system of representation, as distinguished from a monarchy, aristocracy, or oligarchy. (NOTE: In a pure democracy, 51% beats 49%. In other words, the minority has no rights. the minority only has those privileges granted by the dictatorship of the majority.)” (Source)
In a democracy, individual citizens do not have any rights other than those granted by the government, also known as civil rights. We see this in Washington on a regular basis nowadays. True democracies are rare because they have so much potential to turn into “mob rule.” (The majority making decisions that benefit the majority at the expense of the minority).
The system originally set for elections was what is called presidential democracy: “a system where the public elects the president through free and fair elections. The president serves as both head of state and head of government controlling most of the executive powers. Serves for a specific term and cannot exceed that amount of time. Elections have a fixed date and aren’t easily changed. The president has direct control over the cabinet, specifically appointing the cabinet members.” (Source)
Our Founding Fathers often criticized democracy. In fact, James Madison, in the Federalist Papers, No. 10, argued that what distinguishes a democracy from a republic is that a democracy, as it gets larger, becomes weaker, and suffers more violently from the effects of faction. A republic, he continued, could get stronger as it got larger and by its very structure, combat faction.
Finally, we come to Communism/Socialism, the form quite a few citizens believe our government has taken today.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it this way: “Communism: a theory advocating elimination of private property; a system in which goods are owned in common and are available as needed.”
The main doctrine of communism is:
“From each, according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
Modern day communism is based on the writings of Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels, two German economists, who published “The Communist Manifesto” in 1848.
In this manifesto, they stated that society’s problems are the result of unequal wealth distribution. To bring about happiness and prosperity for all, they write, the distinctions between rich and poor must be eliminated. They also dismiss all forms of religion as “the opiate of the masses.”
In theory, all goods would be equally shared by the people. There would be no poverty nor would there be an upper class. In theory, it sounds perfect. However, as history has shown us, this theory does not work in reality. As Frank Zappa stated, “Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.”
We can see what happens when this theory is applied to our own country, as in recent years, the middle class has faded, with the rich (those in government using the people’s money) getting richer, and the poor getting poorer. The upper class, those in power, are choosing not to participate in what is mandated by law for the regular citizens, the lower class. (Hint: Obamacare)
Another example, the lady that owns two Obamaphones. Who needs TWO cell phones? No one. But because people do like to own stuff, and stuff is made available at no cost, two phones can be had.
Many have argued against our rising communist policies: if there are no personal goals to work towards, and no rewards for labor other than a government quota, where is the incentive to progress in life, to better themselves and their lives? We as a society have seen this happen right in front of our eyes as financial dependence on the government has risen, and the cut from our paychecks has increased. Most people have the attitude of: why work? The government is just going to take a big cut from my paycheck to afford the luxuries I cannot have, anyway, so what’s the point?
Or, why work to pay for what I want (let’s just say a phone), when the government will give me two for free?
Those arguing in favor of communism would say that capitalism, the type of economy you would find in a republic, is not a perfect system either. That is a true statement, however, it functions much better in real life than socialism does.
History has shown us that the theory of communism applied in reality produces an authoritarian government, with those in power rationalizing that they deserve the best of everything because they are governing for the people. And the more ill-gotten gains they have, the more paranoid they will become, as we saw in past Communist countries, where secret police were formed by the government to silence any that would dare speak out. Current event even show the reality is far from theory as well. Just look at how “coincidental” it is that any organization that has spoken against the Obama administration has been audited by the IRS, and the scandals that have come to light regarding the IRS itself. How about the man who created a film that was anti-Obamacare? Sure, he used his right of free speech, but the IRS came down on him for an audit immediately after.
Or a personal friend of mine, who was using his right of free speech on social media to expose the lies and hypocrisy of the Obama Administration. He received an anonymous phone call from a Washington, D.C. area code telling him to stop posting things like that on social media, or else.
So, what do you think, America?
Is the America we live in now a Republic, a Democracy, or a Communist Nation?
Take a look at history, folks. America was built to be a republic, with a democratic system of electing personnel. If the rise of Communism isn’t stopped before it has taken us over completely, well…we’ve seen how that turns out.
Wake up, rise up, saddle up, America.
We the People have the power.
Let’s take our country back (without violence).
(Please note: This article is listed under Opinion, so there will be some of the author’s opinion included).