Democracy vs. Constitutional Republic

Here CNN tries to convince the low information voters that the US is a Democracy. They do so by mocking voters who understand, at some level, that the US is not a Democracy, though being low information voters they can not articulate why.

Let’s see if we can help CNN and these low information voters out.

We are NOT a Democracy. Democracy is a leveling political system that is characterized by a strict majority vote. It is the rule of the mob. Democracy is always first and foremost concerned with equality and is a system that guarantees the rule of those who always serve the interests of the lowest common denominator in the population. Democracy is the aristocracy of the bad, the false, and the envious.

We are a Constitutional Republic. A Constitutional Republic is system whereby the mob cannot rule, limited as they are by the strictures of the US Constitution and by the inherent checks and balances within the system. A Constitutional Republic is always first and foremost concerned with liberty for the man who walks in terms of the law and constraint against the man who walks contrary to the law. A Constitutional Republic is the aristocracy of the meritorious – a meritocracy.

The Founders warned gravely against Democracy. Edmund Randolph, delegate to the Constitutional Convention from Virginia said;

“The general object of the Convention was to provide a cure for the follies and fury of Democracies.”

Elbridge Gary and Roger Sherman, delegates from Massachusetts and Connecticut urged the Constitutional Convention to create a system that would eliminate the evils that flow from the excess of Democracy.

Alexander Hamilton, Constitutional delegate from New York said;

“We are now forming a Republican Government. real liberty is not found in democracy. If we incline too much to democracy we shall soon shoot into a monarchy.”

John Adams said;

“Democracy will envy all, contend with all, endeavor to pull down all and when by chance it happens to get the upper hand for a short time democracy will be revengeful, bloody, and cruel.”

The Constitution itself requires a Republican form of government for all states. This indicates that originally we were a Republic of Republics.

When Benjamin Franklin was asked ” “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied; “A Republic if you can keep it.”

Now to be sure our Constitutional Republic had a touch of democracy in it with the direct election of House members by voters but that was where the democracy impulse ended. Originally, there was no direct vote of US Senators, no direct vote for US Presidents and no vote at all for SCOTUS appointees.

The US was never a democracy though the lugenpresse and the lying Politicians (but I repeat myself) constantly talk about how “We are a democracy.”

We were never formed to be a democracy. However, that is indeed where we have matriculated over the course of years. The US Constitution is no longer a check on the vicious use of raw power. The 17th amendment inched us more towards a direct democracy. The stripping of state’s rights also pushed us towards a direct democracy. The 9th and 10th amendments, which were bulwarks against democracy are completely irrelevant.

So, while it is true that according to original intent these united States were never intended to form a democracy, that is largely where we have come to. Indeed, one might be inclined to observe that we are a democratically elected Kakistocracy — that is a government run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens.

Because we have been a Kakistocracy for so long now, all that is left to choose from to elect to governmental office are derelicts, mountebanks, and perverts. Because we, as a people, have been in a Kakistocracy for so long all of our Institutions have become corrupt, feeble, cancerous and unprincipled. Living in the US now is like living among Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and the One Hundred Twenty perverts.

Even the visible Church is now a Kakistocracy. It weeds out the best men, or, failing that so intimidates otherwise good men they dare not lift their voice against the ecclesial Kakistocracy less they lose their livelihood. Just ask Michael Spangler, Ryan Turnipseed or Bret McAtee and they will tell you that the intent of “accountability” that church government was suppose to foster is now simply a mechanism whereby good men can be held accountable to wicked or small men and so be squashed.

However, lest we stray to far from our original intent, this nation was never intended to be a democracy and if CNN ever sticks a microphone in your face to mock you, you now have the ammunition to mock them right back… mock them for being so stupid that they could possibly ever suggest that US was founded to be a democracy.

Finally, after reading this, perhaps the next time you hear Joe Biden or the Democrats bleat about how if we elect Trump to be president we could “lose our democracy,” your response will be,

“Dear God, I hope so.”

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

2 thoughts on “Democracy vs. Constitutional Republic”

  1. Great article.

    Democracy = two wolves and a lamb discussing what’s for dinner.

    A Republic is a the civic equivalent of Presbyterian polity. Oaths are sworn to follow the covenant document of procedure. In this case, the US Constitution is like a church BCO. It’s concerned only with procedure.

    Of course it all went wrong with Lincoln and his war. Following that was the complete inversion of federalism. Notably the Bill of Rights was a restraint by the States upon the central govt. This was clearly reversed in the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments wherein the central govt restrains the States. Sure they sound agreeable and fluffy, even noble, but they reverse the order and establish the central govt as the restraining party rather than the party to which tasks and duties are “delegated and enumerated” by sovereign States. Then the 16th reversed the cash flow and States now are supplicants seeking crumbs rather than lords determining what their federal servants must subsist upon. The 17th continued the trend as noted in this article. And let’s not discuss the 19th. Uggh.

    Proverbs 11:3 asks: “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Implied in the question is the answer. We must rebuild the foundations. We must restore proper federalism. All else is me window dressing.

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