The Old Republic–Red, white and blue, and shot to hell?
By Ed Henry
The Old Republic
Red, white and blue, and shot to hell?
Nowhere, not once, in our Constitution, Bill of Rights and any other Amendment to the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, or even our Pledge of Allegiance does the word democracy appear. The word democracy, or any derivation thereof, is not anywhere to be found in the foundation of our government. It simply does not exist there.
The federation of states that we call the United States of America is a Republic, not a Democracy.
No democracy in the world has an Electoral College, much less one for the sole purpose of picking its president. And our forefathers left us an Electoral College for one reason only. That reason was to make certain that the rabble did not have the sole choice in picking our leader. In their day, they had very good reason to make certain those easily incited to riot, burning buildings, pillaging, killing, throwing tea into Boston Harbor, and destroying established order for whatever reason did not have it in their wherewithal to make the final determination of a leader. They had reasons to fear mob action, just as we have the same reasons today.
And our forefathers especially did not like religious leaders who participated in government and ran about telling their parishioners how to do things with and to government. They had their fill of that from the Church of England and knew precisely how dangerous it was to a representative government. They had seen it all before. The results were enough to make our forefathers set very clear distinctions between the functions of church and state.
Whats more, the founding fathers left us a Republic where individual states retained primary power of the citizenry and the job of the federal government was to provide the common defense, pass laws for the general good and deal with foreign nations in trade and dispute. States retained the primary right to almost everything else in regard to governing and providing for their citizens.
The Republic that they left us, provided we could hold on to it, is based on individual liberty, freedom, unalienable rights and the delicate checks and balances between three branches of the federal government. Of the three branches, the people have no choice in the Supreme Court and very little choice in the executive branch except as limited to the choice of electors for the offices of president and vice president. Property owners were, however, allowed to choose representatives in the House by population within districts of their state. But the people were not allowed to choose Senators until the Seventeenth Amendment of 1912.
It wasnt until the Fourteenth Amendment of 1868 that every male citizen 21 or over got the right to vote, followed by the Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 that ensured voting rights to every male citizen regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. All this, after a Civil War had divided the nation. And women citizens didnt get the right to vote until the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of 1919 just after World War One. And there was still no word of democracy.
If this is a big surprise to many Americans, Im sorry. Its always been there and should have been learned in school civics classes.
After this most recent presidential election, those screaming about democracy and how the candidate who won the popular vote by three-tenths of one percent, but lost the Electoral College vote by 1.5 percent (five times as much), should have been presidentmight better be asking themselves where they ever got such a silly notion.
A notion that the popular vote should prevail and the Electoral College possibly eliminated. Could it be that the political party going by the name Democrats put that idea in their heads?
Has the same educational system that caused the dumbing of America also been responsible for this idea that were a democracy? Does it stem from federal government and national union interference with our state schools? Money thats passed out for various federal educational programs with strings attached?
What do you suppose our forefathers would think of the idea of abandoning the Electoral College? Once they got over the shock of finding that only 48 percent of the eligible voter population even turned out to vote for a president, what do you suppose they would say about the turnout in large urban areas? Areas where one candidate got most of his votes and the turnouts were in the 80 to 100 percent ranges? Do you think they would buy into the idea that it was because this candidate spent more time kissing babies in those cities?
What do you suppose our founding fathers would think about central banking, currency backed by nothing more than in God we trust, laws and wars by executive order, the national debt, the taxes people pay and the surpluses our federal government brags about and predicts?
At the very least, the nation that set itself up as the model of democracy for the rest of the free world to follow has now raised some serious questions about itself. Questions that go to the very core of its foundation.
After more than a year and a half of campaigning and millions of dollars spent, weve had an election that turned out to be the flip of a coin landing on its edge. Then, this self-styled democracy spent more than a month trying to do the mathematically impossible in one small but wealthy section of the country. All under the banner that every vote should count and be counted, again and again. All to the total exclusion of any idea that the same problems might exist in the rest of the nation. And the saga continues.
After years of partisan bickering between the two major political cults, campaigns and debates that were supposed to give everyone clear choices between the two, we are now asked to suddenly come together and move forward. Set it all behind us in the mantra of the guilty.
I just want to know precisely what it is were supposed to move forward towards. Doesnt it tell us something when more than half of the free voters in this democracy, now any citizen over 18, decided not to play the game at all? Are we just supposed to sweep it all under the rug and pretend it hasnt happened? Plunge forward tentatively into some hazy but mellow future of compassionate conservatism, where everyone just gets along as best they can? Hey, well have ice cream too.