Republic vs. Democracy
Rule by Law or Mob Rule
We Can't Be Both
Benjamin Rush said on the ratification of the Constitution on July 9, 1788 “Tis done, we have become a nation.” And just after the completion and signing of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin replied to a woman's inquiry as to the type of government the Founders had created, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
Sorry Ben, we have failed to keep it.
Not only could we not keep it, most people do not even know what kind government the Founding Fathers created.
· A Republic is representative government ruled by law (the Constitution).
· A democracy is direct government ruled by the majority (mob rule).
A Republic preserves the inalienable rights of individuals while democracies pander to wants or needs (sustenance of power).
Our Fore Fathers warned us of the inherent dangers found within a Democracy and a Government left unchecked. They demonstrated the import of jealous guardianship as they chose to restrict our Republican (not to do with the party of the same name) Government very carefully to those ends. Their thought processes are there, archived in their personal diaries and official documents found in public and private libraries.
With great purpose of intent they placed safeguards throughout The Constitution. This makes it even more lamentable that we have not adhered to their design. Democracies, without fail have always self-destructed when the non-productive realize that they can obtain their sustenance from the productive through the power of force enjoyed by the government. Pandering to these groups, the candidate promising the most booty looted from the public treasury must adopt an ever-increasing tax and spend policy to satisfy the ever-increasing desire of the majority. Oh, but it’s ok. As you know, they only tax the evil rich. Well, what you never hear is that if you make 30k a year you are one of those evil ones. You never hear that corporate taxes punish small businesses much more than the major corporations. Tax breaks, incentives, loopholes, and subsidies provide a protective cloak. The expense of those inescapable assessments is remunerated by the people in the form of higher prices. As Federal tax rates increase, the incentive to produce is decreased, causing many of the once productive to be forced out or to drop out. By joining the non-productive, the cycle continues, eventually leading to a point deficient in producers to fund the legitimate functions of government. At this point the Democracy will join the precedent Republic in the fields of Appomattox. Then, as history instructs, it will be followed by a Dictatorship.
Welfare instills a fundamental dependency within the individual on the government. The individual is lost to complacency and social dependency. The welfare system is an incontrovertible failure. It has doomed generation after generation to social servitude at the feet of PHARISAICAL leadership. The system does not promote a desire for achievement and in reality a contrary product is realized. Welfare was promoted as a temporary relief fund which provided long term assistance only to the (truly) needy. Instead, we have an inept system based on rewarding negative behavior, supported (under duress) by the productive. The “profiteers” of “class warfare” perpetuate the system, retaining their power. Feigning concern, they hold the masses uninterrupted in their dependency on the government.
"Thou shalt not covet" means that it is sinful even to contemplate the seizure of another man's goods -- which is something which Socialists, whether Christian or otherwise, have never managed to explain away."
- John Chamberlain,
“The Roots of Capitalism”  The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.
- Alexis de Tocqueville
In the author’s opinion this could be corrected thusly:
§ The repeal of the 16th Amendment and instituting HR 21 “The Fair Tax”.