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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350 Comments:

  1. Ron Paul is a fraud, a con man, and his followers are fools. That has been proven beyond all doubt. If you contributed money to his campaign, you are a stupid fucking schmuck.

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  2. Ron Paul is a con artist and you are his mark. You dumb schmuck.

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  3. SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE PAULTARD AND DUMBASS PEASANT. GO F UR MOTHER & ASK HER TO GIVE YOU YOUR SALARY OF 3 CENTS A POP, LOSER.

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  4. Sorry foget my last comment )B-/>

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  5. There’s something weird happening on here, the site is quiet yet my comments get bumped from 1st to almost last? It’s not for bad language just factual information…

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  6. My comment is waiting moderation, since when! Pin pointing the primary Bilderburg group that it pulling the strings of the puppets of the world. I’ve been searching in a hole that is so vast and deep few can even comprehend. “THAT WAS THEIR WHOLE IDEA!” Wake up people the time is now, forget the 2012 election the people will be to busy tearing down the “HOUSE of Rothschild” (White House), destroying the papers and media stations (radio, TV). This should be all out “anarchy” against the establishment!

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  7. Alex Jones really gets it, Bilderberg is that German or Jewish? Damb you have to wake up and stop this travesty on Americans and the world. They have already drawn first blood killing your wives and children how much more are you going to take? “Fuck!” If all the Bilderburg group is murdered that’s a small fraction of us that they have already murdered and will continue to murder unless they are destroyed! What the hell are you doing about stoping the Builderburg Group. I get it, it all makes sence now, the last one standing wins!
    They have poisoned you, brain washed you with lies and lack of reality just for The Builderburg Group to beat you this has to stop “Now!” “Now!” “Now!”
    We are so backwards now we will have to start from scratch but first destroy The Bilderburg Group and the like!

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  8. There was very good reason why Jesus pbuh- warned us of these parasites.

    Until every tentacle of Zionism is removed from America- the country will crash and burn.

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  9. Old and sage advise….Don’t feed the trolls

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  10. umm i have a life ass and a good paying career…i know id kick your fucking ass if i could get you in front of me..but we all know you would talk different in that case…you are a little insignifigant piece of shit spouting off 3rd grade mentality shit talk…and you still have nothing of substance…you cant even create a coherant sentance…you need to be beat up for the retard you are…stupid people are a disease and id love to cure you…smashing in your retarded mouth would make my day.

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  11. homophobic?? wtf did you even get that??? not even the media tried that slander! …he is a racist …yet minorities have went to bat for him and he even helped minorities for free…you are brain washed main stream media mush head…and you even have your own little twist on things!! you have 0 facts to base your accusations on and you get on here and talk long shit…my guess is you are young and you and your girlfriendless friends are having a laugh..or you are just that stupid.

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  12. Love you ron paul. I mean 136 million… really? And they still want a cut of my 30,000. They ain’t gettin it! Vote gary johnson and consider the fair tax. End cronisym in washington before our republic is damned to a life of democratic rule. From the republic of california.

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  13. oh how origional…suck it paulbots!! are you 8?? you cant even come up with a origional zinger…or even a coherant rebutal…3rd grade insults using caps to try to be heard and only says “look at me …im a retard” out loud…if thats what you are looking for…well you suceeded…now hush little man before you wake up your parents and they get pissed off and insist you at 38 you need to get a job and move out of their basement!!

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  14. i hear the write ins are all throne away, so they are a total waset. chek out Gary Johnson, on Source Fed youtube. he isn’t Ron Paul but he seems good and way better then the D-pigs and R-pigs

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  15. JUST TO LAUGH AT YOU PEOPLE

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  16. French Canadian and Surfisher,
    Are you guys off the grid and what are you doing to prepare if there is an economic collapse and we start WW111? This is foremost in my mind to get my family as prepared as possible.

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  17. Why are most of us red highlighted? Too smart or too dangerous or both?

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  18. Wake up it is a Jewish problem. They control your money, schools, government,
    hospitals, military, resources what else is there? Holy shit! are we suckers or what! Take your country back you need Ron Paul more than ever in 2012!

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  19. Excellent, Doctor Paul you never cease to amaze me.

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