“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”? Thomas Jefferson, questionable attribution
“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” Henry L. Mencken (1880—1956)
Ah, how sweet it sounds to hear that a country has selected a democracy for its form of government. People voting for the first time. Remember the Middle Eastern voters who were so proud to show off their purple fingers? The voice of the masses finally heard. Elections, elections, elections! Freedom, freedom, freedom!
With the 2020 election just around the political corner, I am inspired to write about today’s voting pool. I believe this is more applicable today than in Menckin’s time, although I’m not sure it really is ignorance (not knowing). It may just be plain old-fashioned stupidity (choosing to remain ignorant). The result of democratic elections is some elected officials who do not respect the Constitution—or are just plain ignorant of it—and have no good intentions for preserving our Republic.
Thank goodness America is NOT a democracy!
This statement is not new to many. Unfortunately, it still raises eyebrows of those who are ignorant of the terminology. It’s always been my mantra: Democracy is MOB RULE. Sometimes, the mob (voting pool) ends up with a reasonable result—a qualified official with the best interests of his or her constituents. That’s only if the mob is NOT ignorant or stupid. We, collectively, have elected some qualified government officials—and some NOT even qualified to be a bartender!
Here’s just one example that is close to my heart.
If I am the only citizen in all of America who wants to own a gun, and the rest of the entire nation’s citizens want to ban anyone from owning a gun, our Constitution protects my God-given right to defend myself, my family and anyone I choose to protect. God created humans with specific instincts, just as he created the rest of the animal kingdom with survival instincts. Humans have a more complex brain than other animals (supposedly!), with the ability to reason, to deliberate, to learn, to love. Animals may have some of these capabilities, but animals execute them without deliberation. They rely on instinct. Humans have been blessed with an elevated sense of responsibility and the power of reasoning, learning, compromising, and surviving.
According to Britannica.com, natural rights are those that people acquire inherently, from God or nature. The majority can’t control those rights in our Republic. Those rights are not dependent on the laws or customs of any particular culture or government and are universal and inalienable (they cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws). Civil rights or legal rights are those that must be given and guaranteed by the power of the state. Therefore, they vary greatly over time, culture, and form of government and tend to follow societal trends that condone or abhor particular types of discrimination. They can be modified, repealed, and restrained by human laws.
In JD’s Snake Oil blog, it burned in my heart to read in black and white the reality that the American masses, through our democratic elections, are literally voting for socialism–or worse. Our election is the only element of our great experiment that is democratic. Thank goodness for the Electoral College. Our founding fathers had great vision in knowing that the future voting mass could very well destroy the Republic, that Americans could end up so easily led and manipulated that they elect those who wish to destroy the Republic and the Constitution. In walks the Electoral College, at the very start of the United States of America.
I wandered off for a bit, so let’s get back on track. Mob rule.
James Madison was concerned with what he called “the tyranny of the majority.” He wasn’t alone. The founders had a vision of the population changing and electing those who wish to destroy the Republic from within. How wise were they!
According to the Constitution, the states elect the President, not the populous. The citizens vote for their state’s electors. No mob rule.
I’m grateful for the wisdom and vision of our founding fathers. They could see the inherent dangers that lie with democratic elections. The Electoral College is the only protection we have from mob rule, and the only way we can non-violently preserve our individual rights and prevent the downfall of our great Republic. God bless America and the foundation on which it stands.
Be safe, stay informed, and thanks for reading!
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