Ron Paul: A Republic, Not a Democracy

by Ron Paul

Last week marked the conclusion of the grand taxpayer funded spectacles known as the national party conventions. It is perhaps very telling that while $18 million in tax dollars was granted to each party for these lavish ordeals, an additional $50 million each was needed for security in anticipation of the inevitable protests at each event. This amounts to a total of $136 million in taxpayer funds for strictly partisan activities – a drop in the bucket relative to our disastrous fiscal situation, but disgraceful nonetheless. Parties should fund their own parties, not the taxpayer.

At these conventions, leaders determined, or pretended to determine, who they wished to govern the nation for the next four years amidst inevitable, endless exaltations of democracy. Yet we are not a democracy. In fact, the founding fathers found the concept of democracy very dangerous.

Democracy is majority rule at the expense of the minority. Our system has certain democratic elements, but the founders never mentioned democracy in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or the Declaration of Independence. In fact, our most important protections are decidedly undemocratic. For example, the First Amendment protects free speech. It doesn’t – or shouldn’t – matter if that speech is abhorrent to 51% or even 99% of the people. Speech is not subject to majority approval. Under our republican form of government, the individual, the smallest of minorities, is protected from the mob.

Sadly, the constitution and its protections are respected less and less as we have quietly allowed our constitutional republic to devolve into a militarist, corporatist social democracy. Laws are broken, quietly changed and ignored when inconvenient to those in power, while others in positions to check and balance do nothing. The protections the founders put in place are more and more just an illusion.

This is why increasing importance is placed on the beliefs and views of the president. The very narrow limitations on government power are clearly laid out in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. Nowhere is there any reference to being able to force Americans to buy health insurance or face a tax/penalty, for example. Yet this power has been claimed by the executive and astonishingly affirmed by Congress and the Supreme Court. Because we are a constitutional republic, the mere popularity of a policy should not matter. If it is in clear violation of the limits of government and the people still want it, a Constitutional amendment is the only appropriate way to proceed. However, rather than going through this arduous process, the Constitution was in effect, ignored and the insurance mandate was allowed anyway.

This demonstrates how there is now a great deal of unhindered flexibility in the Oval Office to impose personal views and preferences on the country, so long as 51% of the people can be convinced to vote a certain way. The other 49% on the other hand have much to be angry about and protest under this system.

We should not tolerate the fact that we have become a nation ruled by men, their whims and the mood of the day, and not laws. It cannot be emphasized enough that we are a republic, not a democracy and, as such, we should insist that the framework of the Constitution be respected and boundaries set by law are not crossed by our leaders. These legal limitations on government assure that other men do not impose their will over the individual, rather, the individual is able to govern himself. When government is restrained, liberty thrives.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=6mechanix6 6mechanix6

    why he has nothing better to do but ridicule what he is to stupid to understand…i dont look at ron paul like a messiah…i look at him as a man of integrity and intelligence…and has enough balls to stand for what he beleive in and wants to save the country he loves…this guy is an idiot and id beat his fucking face in just for being the stupid cunt he is …he thinks he is smarter than everyone by categorizing ron paul as another crooked politian…crooked politicians dont tell the truth !

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=6mechanix6 6mechanix6

    you have no concept what he is saying…you spout off stupid shit with no substance to back it…why do you think he stopped campaigning on the road towards end?? cause he knew he was getting cheated and whats point of wasting his supporters money…see ron paul was out to give his message and wake up the masses …he spoke the truth and still does ..he doesnt take pensions and junkets when he could easily taken us to cleaners like every other politician…you are a fucking idiot!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=6mechanix6 6mechanix6

    he is asking for more momney?? hmm i must of missed that…but what i didnt miss…is you bing a moron!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=leucomaofthecornea leucomaofthecornea

    you paid for these conventions HAHA.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheeBudGuru TheeBudGuru

    Hear! Hear!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PaxAeterna7 PaxAeterna7

    We haven’t. But we do not control the media so it just seems as so. In 2007 I interviewed Commander Dave Lewis in DC at the reunion, who told me that Adm. Geis did indeed tell him that all of the F4s were recalled by Johnson and that Geis was told that the G.D ship could sink to the bottom.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=VeeDubz420 VeeDubz420

    Go troll somewhere else.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=arcz10 arcz10

    WHY have we forgotten the victims on the USS liberty?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DaAznThug DaAznThug

    and the american will lost their homes and jobs.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PaxAeterna7 PaxAeterna7

    Here are just some of the teachings of Israel, the Synagogue of Satan:
    Sanhedrin 106a . Says Jesus’ mother was a whore: “She who was the descendant of princes and governors played the harlot with carpenters.”
    Gittin 57a. Says Jesus is in hell, being boiled in “hot excrement.”
    Yebamoth 98a. All gentile children are animals.
    Sanhedrin 57a . When a Jew murders a gentile (“Cuthean”), there will be no death penalty. What a Jew steals from a gentile he may keep.

    Read Truth About The Talmud online.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=rjm420silverback rjm420silverback

    Let’s survive these next 4 year’s before talking about 2016.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DisturbedAidan2 DisturbedAidan2

    As the hole becomes apart, I strike to burn… and no flame returns.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=hyperGlobalist hyperGlobalist

    THE ROFLUTION CONTINUES SO THAT MESSIAH RON CAN SCAM MORE MONEY OUT OF HIS UNWITTING FOLLOWERS HAHA

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    • Nitroindole

      What a slot you, insect, crawled from? Go back into your darkness.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MrModelShipwright MrModelShipwright

    If you know the President history, many records have been broken, some were mental, one was the youngest and one criple. Ron Paul could be the oldest and wisest, whom still bicycles and can still throw a curve-ball at the ball-park.

    He’s actually going to stay with the Republican party, maybe planning a last run?
    R.Paul 2016?
    Remember, there’s no maximum age-limit or health requirements to become President, just guts and some money.

    Long live Liberty!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=kmg501 kmg501

    To be perfectly honest, I’ve lost a lot of faith in Dr Paul unless he comes out swinging against the Republican establishment. One way he could do that is by a loud and clear declaration of endorsement for Gary Johnson who appears to be our only option left for this cycle.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=megamogx megamogx

    9/11: A Conspiracy Theory
    /watch?v=yuC_4mGTs98
    Why The Military Knows Israel Did 9/11
    /watch?v=oO6nQq7oWsI
    War By Deception (9/11, Iraq, PNAC , All Roads Lead To Israel)
    /watch?v=CP5JfKPoIl4
    NATIONAL SECURITY ALERT – 9/11 PENTAGON ATTACK
    /watch?v=j5FhQc-LJ-o
    9/11 – Missing Links
    /watch?v=GD_vwzjdTi4

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=OCSnowBoarder OCSnowBoarder

    He didn’t lose… He focused a message of liberty and freedom to the next generation. Its not over, yet.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=HROLLER30 HROLLER30

    Do you think these prominent Architects & Engineers conspired with eachother to make a ruckus of what happened on 9/11???

    Youtube search;

    Architects & Engineers for 9/11 – The Experts Speak Out

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=arcz10 arcz10

    America – if you do not vote this man in, YOU WILL BE FINISHED!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MrEatingPussy MrEatingPussy

    He was fucking cheated at the RNC

    I want to mother fucking riot…

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