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. Oh yeah, Gary’s great. He’s no Ron Paul, but he’s definitely a friend of the movement.

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  2. … well, if you like Ron Paul, look up Gary Johnson.
    He’s is running third party against Obama and Romney, the opposite to the status quo.
    He stands for freedom and liberty for all! Pass it forword, lets have the people tell government what it can do, and not vice versa.

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  3. … well, if you like Ron Paul, look up Gary Johnson.
    He’s is running third party against Obama and Romney, the opposite to the status quo.
    He stands for freedom and liberty for all! Pass it forword, lets have the people tell government what it can do, and not vice versa.

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  4. Oh I know that, and I would of course support him if he did that. However, the fact still stands that that would turn off a lot of people who are the kinds of idiots who would say “I like what he’s saying but I don’t want a President that old in the White House.” There’s a lot of opportunity there for media hounding.

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  5. no its ok to criticise Israel and the Zionist Lobby , without being called a Nazi.

    I mean how would Jesus pbuh be depicted in the media now? God forbidd be called a Nazi.?

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  6. Welcome back RONPAULFREEDUMB, all of us Liberty supporters are happy to see you again, and happy that you can hear at least one more message from the liberty movement.
    Make sure to stop by on the next one as well.

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  7. You have yet to prove a fucking thing.

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  8. Considering Iran isn’t playing ball with fiat currency, and using gold. Yes. It has everything to do with money, all wars do.

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  9. See you need to back that up, idiot. You haven’t.

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  10. all talk…why dont you walk it bitch…i live in el cajon CA …anytime you little cunt…ill make your mother cry for what ill do to you…little bitch tough guy on the intenet…ill be tracking your IP adress also …sleep tight!

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  11. welll bush did send arms to the middle east which was paid for out of money loaned from the feds…

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  12. i cannot tell how disappointed i am .

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  13. Another Paulbot who is too stupid to comprehend the role an independent central bank serves in the economy. The US is going to invade Iran to fight for bankers? Care to elaborate? You’re quite stupid. It would be funny to see how you connect Iran to bankers.

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  14. Pleeeease run third party. Here’s my justification –

    – I can’t say for sure if u’ll win, but there is no doubt that u get a significant % of votes

    – If you lose, Obama will undoubtedly be the winner coz most of your votes will come from republicans & they’ll regret the hell out of themselves for backstabbing u. It doesn’t matter who wins then coz both r same. It puts u in a better position for 2016

    – But if you win, US will still have a chance. How can you let your nation go to those idiots!

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  15. RONPAULFREEDUMB I love you you are so right!

    What the hell was I doing!
    let me send you all my money instead, because I’m just full of money because Ben Bernanke is my bankster homeboi.

    RONPAULFREEDUMB come join me in a body bag in Iran and fight for bankers with me it will be lots of fun. :)

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  16. Now, just to make sure you do not missinterpret me.

    I don’t mean to say that you at this moment actually said anything which could be considered “Nazi propaganda” like. It was simply your tone which caused me to want to answer your comment.

    Best wishes,
    ToxinalX

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  17. No matter if you believe in Jesus, the power of the universe or your own ableness, it is easy to see that the lobby influenced, fascist leaning way of government is a problem.

    We need to remember though that it is controlled by far more than just Zionism and we should never equate it to being the same as the ideas of Jews in general. None the less it most certainly is an important issue.

    In order to make this difference clear, it is best to avoid talking about Z in a “Nazi propaganda” fashion.

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  18. No. But that is exactly what You are.
    Although I’d rather not throw words around by calling You an “artist”.

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  19. Yeah, just cross out Mickey mouse and add Ron Paul, same thing.

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