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Why The USA is NOT A Democracy!

a republicFor about the hundredth time in one of my blogs (I exaggerate for effect) I need to exclaim that the good ole USA in NOT a democracy and that was by design and we should be ever thankful to our Founding Fathers.  In that vein I share this quote;

Our Representative Republic

a republicI love when members of Congress passionately speak and defend our democracy.  I wonder how many actually know that the United States is not a democracy, but rather a representative republic.  They are elected to represent our wishes.  They campaign on that and seem serious until they are elected when they do what special interests bid.  The headline in my local paper for this article was somewhat different and the purpose of this post is not about the meat of the article which can be read at this link.

First the first sentence;

Mobs’ Rules (Democracy)

As a rational man it is hard to watch what has been going on in the Democrat Party without feeling pity for their plight. Don’t get me wrong I really hope their woes continue for the next several decades even though they need to win once in a while to keep the Republicans-In-Name-Only (“RINO”) in their place. But their recent level of disdain for the founding principles of our country is outrageous. Michelle Malkin wrote a great article on the hide-and-seek Democrats and offered this quote;

Consider The Grasshoppers

“Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shade of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that, of course, they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little, shriveled, meager, hopping, though loud and troublsome, insects of the hour.

Edmund Burke

Martyrdom or Just Stupid?

essaypic-LThe beginning of the newspaper story seemed fairly innocuous in that the Commonwealth Education Organization (“CEO”) contacted eighth-grade teachers to encourage their students to participate in an essay writing contest.  This was to be the fourth such contest in as many years and the topic was for students to “Explain the difference between a representative republic and a democracy, comparing and contrasting both forms of government.”  That seems like a good subject to challenge students to learn about our system of government.  I wondered how many adults have basic knowledge about our government in an earlier posting that included a question about our democracy.

America the Greatest Democracy?

A little Q & A to start – These are all True or False questions

  1. The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. (True or False)
  2. Barack Obama will be the 44th President so we have had 43 other Presidents. (True or False)
  3. Paul Revere single-handedly warned that the “British are coming.” (True or False)
  4. George Washington was the first elected President of the United States. (True or False)
  5. Washington D.C. was the first capital of the United States. (True or False)
  6. America is the greatest democracy on Earth. (True or False)