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. Its not that he is a con man, its that his weakness is to family. His son and Jesse Benton are what killed the campaign, and this is directly tied to Romney as the tactics against him were soft not even going after the subject related problems. This was planned along with chairman in the GOP willing to do what ever it takes to make sure Paul's chances were contained. Any coverage on Paul was to be negative, loaded, and question begging far more so than in 2008 or ignored.

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  2. OK go tattle to Obama's truth squad. I don't care, , and judging by the thumbs up a lot of other people's president .

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  3. So that's your case? He didn't win; therefore all the money that went to him was a fraud because he was a con man? Let's ignore that he stayed in the race to the end unlike the others. Let's ignore the election fraud that screwed his chances to actually win starting with the media ignoring him taking Iowa after falsely saying first Sanatorium than Romney, the mysterious light dusting of snow canceling counties in Maine that held strong support for Paul, and all the rule changing.

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  4. The DHS? Why the fuck would the Dept of Homeland security care that you want to fantasize about Ron Paul as President? Do you have some weird daddy complex? You think you're being seditious by supporting this babbling imbecile? LMFAO

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  5. Yep he is. Go tattle to the DHS.

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  6. You've never flown on a airplane in your life you backwards hillbilly racist fuck. What do you care about TSA screening? You fucking imbecile.

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  7. Man you really need to clean the shit out of your ears, while your at it, quit watching mainstream media it's made a zombie out of you! Bet you enjoy when TSA gropes your balls and ass, next time, they'll be sticking a cock like device that's a camera, while you spread your cheeks! DUMB~ is the only thing right about your user name.

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  8. Write in Ron Paul is finally online!

    Vote and spread it like wildfire!

    http://writeinron2012.com/writeinBlog/our-mission/

    partial powerful info (read all):

    "...This is a WIN-WIN strategy for all voters. It is the way to address the issues of electronic election fraud. All people desire that their votes be counted. Write-in Elections achieves this by assuring a permanent, verifiable paper trail, which is lacking in the current voting system. This is through the emphasis on the use of absentee ballots, which are photocopied, along with affidavits...."

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    • Surfisher,

      Reading the entire article, convinced me that this is a very good idea. Before I read the article I thought they will just throw them away. But now that I know how it really works, I've change my mind.

      Go for it!

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  9. Saying it won't make it true kid. You're not in Kansas anymore Dorothy.

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  10. Maybe he's just a sad, sad man.

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  11. ummmm yea... he is. Sorry :)

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  12. 6mech grow up, quit being a bully, vent your angers on the Bilderburg Group you dumb ass! Shut the hell up, if you can't say anything positive and progressive and half intelligent, make sure your in the front when they start shooting.

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  13. *Logical Repercussions After the 2012 Presidential Selection*

    (listed by the most likely outcome --- note: 'Selection' since no longer can our votes be termed 'Election')
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    1) The BO wins --- and further tries to plunge our Nation under its Socialist Programs aimed to completely destroy our Economy and Liberties. However, most of its teeth have been pulled by the Republicon wins in 2010, and some more of the same in 2012 --- so, it is nearly toothless, if it wins the Selection.

    [[Remotely possible worst case scenario --- it, the BO, declares Marshall Law in the near future (under some pre-planned "catastrophe" already home-cooked by it, and its sycophantic staff), thus trying to emerge as the "Benevolent" Dictator of USA to "save US all".]]
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    2) The Rmoney wins --- this creature has stated it will support whatever its Money Donors tell it to do! Expect the International Jewish owned Central Banks and Federal Reserve to instruct IT to attack Iran IMMEDIATELY (in order to protect Israel...from a possible, in maybe 10 years, manufacturing a single crude "atomic" bomb).

    [[Viable worst case scenario --- a Rmoney win, along with the expected Republicon wins in Congress and Senate, will give the Mitt a sure boost to attack not only Iran, but Syria, and any other nation IT, the Mitt, wants, to please its Masters that Selected this creature!]]
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    So, for ALL of you that think voting for the Lesser of Two Evils is OK --- make sure you figure out which one is "LESS EVIL"!

    JUST VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE --- and do not reward these creatures by acknowledging their existence!

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  14. How brain washed are you, me, we. We UNKNOWINGLY were taken advantage of by the Bilderburg Group and previous worlds weathiest some 200 years ago. Every thought you have has been moulded they way they wanted you to think but now it the time to break out of the mould and think and fight for yourselves. We are just a big game to the worlds elite to be controlled at they're whim. Fight when they say, die when they say but this is not happening fast enough for them. They have poisoned are children for 60 years, our brains to the point of simplicity, our agression to the point of weakness. They must be stopped now as we deprogram ourselves. Only when they are destroyed and we are allowed to think for ourselves will we be truelly FREE! THE TIME IS NOW THERE IS NO GOING BACK, CORRECT THE CARCINAGENS OF THE WORLD! EVERY LAST BILDERBURG GROUP MEMBER, TAKE NO PRISONERS, THEY MUST BE IRRADICATED NOT US!

    THERE NEED NOT BE A 45TH PRESIDENT AS THERE IS NO USA ANYMORE, THERE NEVER WAS IT WAS JUST A TRICK A GAME!

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  15. RONPAULFREEDUMB is either some CIA assistant getting payed to create apprehension, or some untalented Romney campaign member doing a poor job of dis-info.

    How many thumbs does this post have, RONPAULFREEDUMB?

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  16. Too bad you can't think for yourself. Maybe some day you'll be able to. Until then, continue to go full retard. Ron Paul 2016!

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  17. Ron Payul is who we listen to not the status quo

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  18. Back it up? Look at the primary results. He had no chance and he knew he had no chance. He was running to promote himself just as Newt, Herman Cain ran to promote themselves. They were not really running for president. It's a sham and people who contributed money were suckers and fools. Ron Paul is a con man and you are his mark. Chump! Hahahaaha...you should be furious but instead you are defending Ron Paul on the internet like a fool. You're a fucking schmuck!!

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  19. Robin,

    Another thing you can do is go to this site and sign in to get their free weekly news letters:

    http://www.offthegridnews.com/

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  20. You are an idiot for responding to the same comment for a second time many hours later, acting out just as you did the first and dodging my response from your first post like it never happened. I'll say it one last time, back your shit up. You can't call someone a liar without proving it, the trouble with trolls like yourself especially the stupid ones that aren't trying to be convincing is the use of assertions as proof. Its the difference between an opinion and a fact. You don't have a case.

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