America Was Never Intended To Be A Democracy

Few things will cause my blood to boil more than hearing somebody touting the virtues of democracy. I am especially infuriated when I hear one of our political leaders talk such nonsense. Yet we do hear “the blessings” of democracy being preached by those in government, often by our own State Department.

Our Founders did everything possible to avoid democracy in the new nation they were creating. You will not find the word democracy in the declaration of Independence or in the Constitution of the United States of America or in the constitutions of any of the  fifty states. Our Founders new very well the dangers of democracy’s tyranny of the majority over the minority. They deliberately established a republic to constrain the excesses of democracy.

Democracy inevitably leads to bigger and bigger central governments. Big central governments inevitably leads to less and less freedom. Less freedom inevitably leads to tyrannical dictatorships.

Why then has our government, over the last century or more, promoted democracy to undeveloped countries around the world; Central and South America,  Africa, Asia and, most recently in the Middle East? Have they learned nothing from the historical results of their efforts? Surely it can not be due to ignorance, can it?

As a result of our education system being taken over by the so-called progressives since the sixties,  I think we would be stunned by how so few Americans today understand that America is a republic and not a democracy. I fear that most Americans today do not even know what the difference is between a democracy and a republic.

Below you will find a marvelous ten minute video that explains the differences in the various forms of government devised by man. Please take time to watch it. Pay special attention to the last two minutes where the description of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire is chillingly similar to what is happening in America today. If you have teenagers in your family, you may want to consider having them watch this video. If you know any teachers personally, maybe you could suggest that they use this video in their classrooms. I really think the video is that good.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

H/T to Questioning With Boldness for the video.


32 thoughts on “America Was Never Intended To Be A Democracy

  1. “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” ~ James Madison

  2. Democracy inevitably leads to bigger and bigger central governments. Big central governments inevitably leads to less and less freedom. Less freedom inevitably leads to tyrannical dictatorships.

    Is it any wonder that liberals, many of whom are statists, constantly invoke the word “democracy”?

    For decades, our history books have contained the falsehood “America is a democracy.” You’d think that more people would pay attention to the words in our Pledge of Allegiance: “And the republic for which it stands.”

    1. It is very sad, AOW, how few people have even a basic understanding of our history and the important difference between concepts like democracy and republic. I must admit that as a grade school and a high school student I found history so boring. It wasn’t until a professor at university brought history to life with anecdotes about the principle players that I finally took a serious interest in history

  3. Great post, Jim. The constant liberal invocation of ‘democracy’ is one of my pet peeves as well. Of course, the Republic for all intents and purposes ended in 1913. Let’s bring it back!

  4. Be a good American parent and be subversive. Have your kids read the constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Read it with them and discuss it.

    For middle schoolers, The 5000 Year Leap is a great book.

  5. All throughout school we were told about the glories of Democracy. You are right. Most Americans (thanks to the progressive agenda of schools) don’t even realize we are a republic.

    And the progressives now want to abolish the electoral college? We are in trouble.

  6. A Republic, if you can keep it…

    Indeed, and The Republic has gone by the wayside, but here in Texas many of us want to see The Republic of Texas become a real nation once again, and one that doesn’t acquiesce to the United States and allow itself to be pulled into the Democracy from HELL!

  7. Great piece.

    This is something that cannot be said often enough. So many people think we’re just a democracy. We’re not, no matter how many brain dead history teachers and bonehead college profs mouth that empty platitude.

  8. I read this over at Sentry Journal this morning and I have to say well done! The founders feared democracy almost as much as monarchy and they went to great lengths to create a republic. It is a pet peeve of mine when I hear politicians refer to “our democracy” it bothers the hell out of me. Too many people do not understand the difference and it will be up to us to educate our children on this matter.

  9. We’ll get her straightened out one of these days, Jim. I’m confident of that. It isn’t going to be pretty, but it’s going to happen. We just have to keep the faith. 🙂

  10. I have to admit, I’ve used the term “democracy” in error, even though I knew we were a republic. If someone talks democracy but balks at mob rules, then optimistically, it’s probably a semantics issue. I’m trying to look at the bright side.

    1. i suspect that most of us have done the same, rjjrdq. But the difference is so important that we need to re-educate our populous to the difference. Our State Department, however, should know better but I don’t think they do. Places like Libya and Egypt will not be improving their lot by implementing democracies in their countries.

  11. But, I thought we opposed Communism on the basis that it wasn’t democratic? Democracy needn’t mean mob rule. As Churchill said in a speech to the British House of Commons in 1947

    “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

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