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.



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  1. Democracy is indispensable to socialism. Vladimir Lenin
    Democracy is the road to socialism. Karl Marx

    The goal of socialism is communism. Vladimir Lenin

    When you hear the US government advocate democracy, what are they intending?

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  2. robin & French Canadian --- restart your posts to the below forums for instant exchanges NOW (but, still keep posting here, since WE WON'T allow Rmonkey's cyber goons to win by hacking this forum non-stop)!

    Post (for maximum exposure to the world) at these sites:

    http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012/09/time-to-open-the-presidential-debates-to-third-parties/

    and

    http://dougwead.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/post-paul-what-now/

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  3. French Canadian, Part 3....of that article..Wasn't easy to do, but I'm determined...
    For nearly forty years the United States of America and its citizens have expended billions of dollars of treasure and above all the lives and blood of tens of thousands of brave American military personnel in the na�ve pursuit of bringing civilization to this barbaric part of the world. It is a fool�s pursuit.

    Did we not just recently make possible the �liberation� of the people of Libya from the tyranny of Gaddafi? And our reward? More bodies of Americans being dragged through the streets to the cheers of mobs? And then, after this barbaric act against our country, the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai (who owes his stashed away wealth to the American soldiers who weekly die at the hands of his police) has the gall to blame our country�s right of freedom of speech as the reason these riots and murders occurred.
    Enough of sending America�s best and brightest to this Allah forsaken piece of the world. There is nothing that any country in that part of the world�possesses that we do not have, oil included. We need nothing from them. Bring our sons and daughters home and let these ignorant ingrates go back to killing each other as they have been doing for fifteen hundred years. And then pray that no American President will ever send our Armed Forces on a mission that is impossible to achieve, namely peace in the Middle East. In fact, I would venture to say that the phrase �Peace in the Middle East� is�the ultimate�oxymoron.

    (Editor's Footnote, Sept. 16: FoxNews today�reports that 4 "NATO" members were killed by a Afghani policeman who turned on them at a police checkpoint. NATO my ass. They were�Americans. I am getting tired of this game of identifying our forces as NATO troops. There are only two countries really doing anything in Afghanistan, the US and�Great Britian. And the US is doing the largest part.�Describing our casualties as NATO is nothing more than�spin to try to�hide from the American public�the reality that it is mostly Americans dying there. Dammit,�the least these brave Americans deserve after giving their lives in service to our country is for�their leaders to acknowledge that they were Americans. Again, NATO my ass.)��

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  4. French Canadian, part 2 of that article...taking forever to post this, but would like your input if you can follow.On February 28, 1973, we had received intercepts, from one of our listening posts, of Arafat and his top Black September Organization (BSO) henchmen discussing the arrival of BSO members in Khartoum. Within hours we had distributed this information to the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in order that their personnel could take precautions in the event that Americans might be targeted. Unfortunately our warnings were dismissed and two days later Noel and Moore, after being taken hostage, were machine gunned to death in the basement of the Saudi Embassy in Khartoum. The deaths of these diplomats would begin a series of four murders of American ambassadors in the Middle East during the 1970�s. It should be noted that only five American ambassadors have been murdered in our country�s history and four have occurred in that hell-hole part of the world.

    I make no apologies for my words describing the Middle East. It is a part of the world that is ruled by ignorance. That some obscure person in the United States could make a YouTube video mocking Islam that�would cause rioting and the breaching of our Cairo embassy walls and the murders of four American diplomatic personnel in Libya�speaks for itself as to the level of reason that rules the current Islamic world. Does anyone believe that if a video mocking Christ or Christianity had been made by a Moslem in the Middle East we would see American citizens sacking the embassies of Egypt or Libya in Washington, D.C.? Of course not.

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    • robin -- and French Canadian, and all interested in getting maximum exposure to your views, do not confine yourself just posting here.

      Post also at these sites:

      http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012/09/time-to-open-the-presidential-debates-to-third-parties/

      and

      http://dougwead.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/post-paul-what-now/

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    • robin -- and French Canadian, and all interested in getting maximum exposure to your views, do not confine yourself just posting here.

      Post also at these sites:

      http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012/09/time-to-open-the-presidential-debates-to-third-parties/

      and

      http://dougwead.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/post-paul-what-now/

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  5. French Canadian,
    Since they did not post my original post of the article a local politician who puts out a newsletter put out recently, I will try and post it in pieces. If you can piece it together, let me know how you would respond. French Canadian,
    I take it you don’t know much about Merlin Miller who is running on the third party ticket? Apparently, my husband told me he was a West Point graduate and is an independent film maker and did films about 9/11, etc. He talks about how our elections are a sham and that the elites pick the candidates in both parties. He has adopted most of Ron Paul’s views, so I plan to look into him. Here is a newspaper article that I’d appreciate if you could read and give feedback. How would you respond to this article? Any suggestions? This is written by a local politician who has a local publication…1st part...
    The news that the American Ambassador to Libya, along with three other American diplomatic personnel, was murdered by Islamic extremists yesterday brought back to my mind events that I had been part of nearly forty years ago. On March 2, 1973 Ambassador to Sudan Cleo Noel and his Deputy George Moore were murdered on the orders of Yasser Arafat after being taken hostage by a team of operatives of the Black September Organization (BSO). I was at that time a member of a very small group of National Security Agency (NSA) personnel who were tasked with gathering information on Middle Eastern terrorist groups and specifically those operating under the umbrella of the Palestinian Liberation Organization led by Yasser Arafat.

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  6. All Real Americans must watch this in ITS ENTIRETY –and spread it like wildfire! You'll be shocked, disgusted and outraged of what the US Government has already done to Us, We The People, and what it is planning for Us further!

    Award winning documentary from Aaron Russo (producer of such movies: Trading Places, Wise Guys, The Rose). Full Length Documentary Below — Watch, Share, Spread, Discuss!

    *AMERICA — FREEDOM TO FASCISM*

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE8RtL3azDg&feature=related

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  7. Hah ! I hope you liked my analogy. Just to clarify...the captain was either Romney or Obama.

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  8. IT sounds like you have what I call"HEAD UP YOUR ASS SYNDROME",you believe everything and anything that the globalist controlled media tells you.if you think that us RON PAUL supporters are"WACKOS",then you must also think that the "CONSTITUTION " is wacko.we dont worship evil tyrants,like you obviously do.your obviously communist or at least ANTI-LIBERTY -ANTI-FREEDOM.perhaps living in another nation,would suit you better,just a thought.

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  9. some of us are already in the water,being eaten by sharks(business and political criminals)."PRIDE GOETH BEFORE THE FALL"

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  10. Australia too, pm cant get far enough up his ass

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  11. Please Do NOT vote for Gary Johnson at all! You are putting your country and your economy at risk if you vote for this man without ever doing your own research at all!: watch?v=0Y1egV2Q2FE

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  12. Robin,

    Finally, after listening to both interviews again, it is Tarpley who talks about the "Safe House" nearby the Consulate where the Ambassador was hiding when he got killed.

    - Dr Steve Piecenik says the Ambassador was killed by Israel and Saudis inteligency.

    - Webster Tarpley said it was an inside job, that the Ambassador was killed by the CIA and the Mormon Mafia.

    So I'm a bit mixed up here. Anyway, on Today's Show, Tarpley comes back for a much longer interview. And tomorrow (Tuesday) Pieczenik also comes back for an hour and a half lentgh interview.

    So I guest that by Wednesday morning... I will be able to make myself an opinion... lol.

    Make sure your husbands listens to all of these interviews. I would like to know what is his opinion on all of this.

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  13. French Canadian,
    I will try to watch it tonight. I will post bits and pieces of the article this local politician wrote about the Middle East and love your feedback. I think I know how I will respond. They still haven't posted it, so I will break it down into a number of different posts and hopefully you can follow...One person responded as would be expected in our area by saying we need to blow up Iran. I'll try to post this later. Noticed we are back to a long wait to get on and post, so I apologize if there are multiple posts of the same thing...

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  14. Robin,

    Okay, I,m listening again... and it is Pieczenik who talks about this. He says the Ambassador was killed by Israel and Saudis inteligency. Get your husband on this interview.

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  15. Here Robin both interviews.

    It starts at: 0:33:20

    Alex Jones Show: Sunday (9-16-12) Steve Pieczenik & Webster Tarpley
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8ZAXVReI90

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  16. Unfortunately, "Perception is more Important than Reality"; therefore, whatever CNN, FOX, CNBC, etc...ANNOUNCES, it will be the ONLY PERCEPTION AVAILABLE for the population...
    Love from Costa Rica to Dr. Ron Paul, whom is the last person available at the right time & place to make a better world... God Bless this Humanity!

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  17. French Canadian,
    Do you know anything about this? Still waiting for my other post to go through=awaiting moderation. There is only 1 consulate in Libya, and it is in Tripoli. What was attacked in Benghazi could not have been a consulate. US Diplomatic operations were suspended during the civil unrest, and the actual embassy in Tripoli only reopened 2.5 weeks before this attack in Benghazi. The link is from the Consulate's site highlighting this reopening at the end of August. I can't imagine any official venues could have been made useful so soon after the consulate reopened.
    Embassy News | Embassy of the United States Tripoli, Libya
    libya.usembassy.gov
    Ambassador Chris Stevens (R) and MFA Director of the Americas Desk Abdurrahman al-Gannas (L) cut the ribbon to

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  18. French Canadian,
    Do you know anything about this? Still waiting for my other post to go through=awaiting moderation. There is only 1 consulate in Libya, and it is in Tripoli. What was attacked in Benghazi could not have been a consulate. US Diplomatic operations were suspended during the civil unrest, and the actual embassy in Triopoli only reopened 2.5 weeks before this attack in Benghazi. The link is from the Consulate's site highlighting this reopening at the end of August. I can't imagine any official venues could have been made useful so soon after the consulate reopened.
    Embassy News | Embassy of the United States Tripoli, Libya
    libya.usembassy.gov
    Ambassador Chris Stevens (R) and MFA Director of the Americas Desk Abdurrahman al-Gannas (L) cut the ribbon to

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    • Robin,

      Yes I do. Listen to the interview of Dr Steve Pieczenik, he talked about this... or was it Tarpley? Not sure. But apparently the Ambassador was not a the Consulate but in a special house somewhere, don't remember where exactly... it is very complicated. I would prefer you listen to the video to get the facts right.

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  19. French Canadian,
    My other message still hasn't gone through yet. I did it again to see what would happen. Both are awaiting moderation. Do you know anything about this?
    There is only 1 consulate in Libya, and it is in Tripoli. What was attacked in Benghazi could not have been a consulate. US Diplomatic operations were suspended during the civil unrest, and the actual embassy in Triopoli only reopened 2.5 weeks before this attack in Benghazi. The link is from the Consulate's site highlighting this reopening at the end of August. I can't imagine any official venues could have been made useful so soon after the consulate reopened.
    Embassy News | Embassy of the United States Tripoli, Libya
    libya.usembassy.gov
    Ambassador Chris Stevens (R) and MFA Director of the Americas Desk Abdurrahman al-Gannas (L) cut the ribbon to

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  20. America is a corporatist neo-democracy. Not a capitalist constitutional republic.

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