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 two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner. (Ben Franklen)

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  2. Boy he sure spoke truth to power here, if anybody ever did this is it.

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  3. 2016 IN THE POCKET. THE EYES HAVE IT, THE EARS HAVE IT AND THE LIBERTY BELL HAS IT. RON MOTHER FUCKING PAUL 2016. IT STARTS NOW.

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  4. A scam implies he is lying, he hasn't lied at all. Now fuck off.

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  5. Ron Paul is my president, not whoever wins this dog and pony show.

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  6. IS he still in the election? Can he still win?

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  7. you can get ppl elected whether they're runniong or not!

    write in ron paul

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  8. Don't divide votes on liberty, Ron Paul is not running this year. Please check out Gary Johnson.

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  9. ...AND YET YOU READ IT LOSER

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  10. Really? C'mon troll that wasn't even worth reading.

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  11. Don't encourage Dr. Paul to do something, he doesn't want to do.

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  12. WRITE IN Ron Paul 2012!!!

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  13. This is not an election about politics, it's about knowing and understanding the world we live in and doing the right thing, who they are and who we are, I am not angry I am sad that people are taking so long to put it together and break free from the conditioning, after a while the pieces of the puzzle just fall in place right before your eyes and it seems so simple to understand, but it gets more frustrating to see people still in a haze and unable to comprehend the workings of the system..

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  14. You want Ron Paul to win ? Use paper ballots

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  15. Ron Paul needs to run third party

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  16. The guy failed to graduate high school, give him a break. He uses all capitals to exert his rage and his argument has no basis whatsoever lol.

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  17. SUCK IT PAULBOT, LET THE BUTTHURT FLOW THROUGH YOU. AWWW YOUR GAYASS HOMOPHOBIC RACIST MESSIAH GOT SHUT OUT OF THE GOP WITH A 12 INCH DILDO STICKING OUT OF HIS BUTT. NOW WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH YOUR DECREPIT LIFE, CULT FOLLOWER?

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  18. the usa is dead.its sold you out

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  19. to bad the us people lost the only guy that stands for freedom mitromney and obama who cares they will distroy you

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  20. look at his channel...full of RT news ...russian based disinfo media with own agenda...yet he calls us unwitting followers...yah i unwittingly follow the truth...i dont need ron paul to tell me how this country is fucked up...but he does tell it the best...and has plausible sollutions...notice how he uses caps cause he wants to so badly be relevent ...and its proven ron paul supporters have a higher eq than most...truth is truth no matter who is telling it! oops the troll got spam checked!

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