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Monday, January 28. 2008
I have no problem with their clan supporting Obama, but since we're on the topic of sociopathy (entry immediately below), here's Wizbang on Ted and Family - the Democrats' Royal Pain. Apparently none of them seems capable of holding down a job, so they go into politics.
Related: Regarding Evita, Roger Simon says "End the Monarchy" - and this:
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Democrats Royal Pain by Jay Tea is a nice peice of writing.
I moved to Roger Simon, got almost through the first paragraph where he bares his soul in admitting he would know nothing of what Adams of Jefferson would thing about things...but he did know this..WE ARE A DEMOCRACY...at that point any further reading would have been a waste of time.
Mr Simon, if you want to be taken as a serious writer on our country then know this much, we are a Republic NOT a democracy.
I have written on this numerous times, given examples of the debates over the marked differences in the two forms of governments and it is the mark of an illiterate and irresponsible writer to write on topics of which even the rudiments have escaped their knowledge. Perhaps he would do better writing for Hurley's Market Shoppers Guide.
If he insists on beginning his point with a false premise then it is a waste of time to get to any conclusion or point he may be attempting to make.
Mr Simon, a tutorial on Democracy vs a Republic
Fact is: a democracy of yanks and southern folk in convention established the Constitution by a democraticlly constituted convention.
We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Habu, that your education is completely from the hands of government operatives is acknowledged, i.e. military manuels written by policy experts of the time you read them.
US Senate and House are democratic institutions.
Majority rules in US Supreme Court, too.
Democracy forms every level of most civil governments in USA.
US Constitution does not quarantee a Rebuplican administration but ruling party flushed each four years is democraticly detertermined.
The world is going to hell for sure... good points Leag.
Except for your point re Habu... he is much better sourced than "government operatives". A cheap shot, that.
Republic vs. Democracy
Rule by Law vs. Rule by Majority
Just after the completion and signing of the Constitution, in reply to a woman's inquiry as to the type of government the Founders had created, Benjamin Franklin said, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
Not only have we failed to keep it, most don't even know what it is.
A Republic is representative government ruled by law (the Constitution). A democracy is direct government ruled by the majority (mob rule). A Republic recognizes the inalienable rights of individuals while democracies are only concerned with group wants or needs (the public good).
Lawmaking is a slow, deliberate process in our Constitutional Republic requiring approval from the three banches of government, the Supreme Court and individual jurors (jury-nullification). Lawmaking in our unlawful democracy occurs rapidly requiring approval from the whim of the majority as determined by polls and/or voter referendums. A good example of democracy in action is a lynch mob. A more recent example was the failure of the US Senate to uphold their oath "to do impartial justice" and remove Bill Clinton from office. Those Senators should be removed themselves, for failure to uphold their oath and for aiding and abetting a known criminal. I
Democracies always self-destruct when the non-productive majority realizes that it can vote itself handouts from the productive minority by electing the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury. To maintain their power, these candidates must adopt an ever-increasing tax and spend policy to satisfy the ever-increasing desires of the majority. As taxes increase, incentive to produce decreases, causing many of the once productive to drop out and join the non-productive. When there are no longer enough producers to fund the legitimate functions of government and the socialist programs, the democracy will collapse, always to be followed by a Dictatorship.
Even though nearly every politician, teacher, journalist and citizen believes that our Founders created a democracy, it is absolutely not true. The Founders knew full well the differences between a Republic and a Democracy and they repeatedly and emphatically said that they had founded a republic.
Article IV Section 4, of the Constitution "guarantees to every state in this union a Republican form of government".... Conversely, the word Democracy is not mentioned even once in the Constitution. Madison warned us of the dangers of democracies with these words ,
"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...",
"We may define a republic to be ... a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans and claim for their government the honorable title of republic." James Madison, Federalist No. 10, (1787)
"A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men." Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Our military training manuals used to contain the correct definitions of Democracy and Republic. The following comes from Training Manual No. 2000-25 published by the War Department, November 30, 1928.
A government of the masses.
Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of "direct" expression.
Results in mobocracy.
Attitude toward property is communistic--negating property rights.
Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether is be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.
Results in demogogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.
Authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them.
Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard to consequences.
A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass.
Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy.
Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress.
Is the "standard form" of government throughout the world.
The manuals containing these definitions were ordered destroyed without explanation about the same time that President Franklin D. Roosevelt made private ownership of our lawful money (US Minted Gold Coins) illegal. Shortly after the people turned in their $20 gold coins, the price was increased from $20 per ounce to $35 per ounce. Almost overnight F.D.R., the most popular president this century (elected 4 times) looted almost half of this nation's wealth, while convincing the people that it was for their own good. Many of F.D.R.'s policies were suggested by his right hand man, Harry Hopkins, who said,
"Tax and Tax, Spend and Spend, Elect and Elect, because the people are too damn dumb to know the difference".
READ THIS ONE..IT IS THE BEST OF THE LOT..APOLOGIES FOR THE OTHER POST WHEN THIS ONE IS SO MUCH BETTER.
Mr. Simon knows little about the framers and less about the political philosophy at the core of their thinking. He thought me beyond crazy for suggesting that creeping socialism of the Gramscian variety posed a threat to the nation.
He'll never be a classic conservative, i don't think, and may not appreciate the depth of the Gramscian attack, but he is for a fact a solid and dependable voice against nonsense and hypocrisy in the political culture. "Moderate" is the term -- and all in all it's not a bad term. It reflects the reality of the polity. Hard-lefties hate him -- that's the 'tell' as far as I'm concerned.
True enough. Lately he seems angrier than I remember him to be and mostly towards the right. I guess I don't like being called crazy for suggesting that the long march through the institutions is proceding according to plan, when it's pretty clear that it is.
It's pretty clear if you're looking at things through that frame -- otherwise everything just seems like 21st century America, with a thousand disconnected issues bubbling over at any one time.
Seeing the 'long march' in operation is at the moment a minority vision. Alas.
You are absolutely right and have nailed the true evil genius of this subversive agenda that is so cleverly able to hide in plain sight.
My mom who is in her mid 80's was a fierce anti-communist 35 years ago and now is a Bush hating yellow dog Dem, and highly critical of America. Her slow motion turn to the hard left is a perfect example of this. She still thinks of herself as anti Socialist and is blissfully unaware of her cognitive dissonance. Alas indeed.