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. I knew the stupid fucks IAMWHOIAM and RONPAULFREEDUMB would be commenting on here.

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  2. Dr. Paul.

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  3. Dr. Paul.

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  4. Gary Johnson breh

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  5. I wish I could meet Mr.Paul..

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  6. Waa- wa wa! The crying will never end with you fuckin' paultards, will it? The "mainstream media" has ignored you because you're just too wacko to be taken seriously!....nothing more, nothing less. Your "Revolution" is "Irrelevant".

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  7. No. Why? Because Ron Paul is an honest man. He realizes that supporting Obama means more of the same and supporting Romney means collapse of the United States in 5 years.

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  8. A VOICE FOR MEN DOT COM.

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  9. Just when I thought I'd seen it all, I came across this article stating that Ron Paul is one of the most corrupt members in Congress...
    http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/09/12/ron-paul-one-of-the-most-corrupt-members-of-congress-report-finds

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    • French Canadian,
      They are really scraping the barrel trying to make Ron Paul look corrupt at the end of his career. How many people are going to read the article I posted and think this is true? It's obvious that this watchdog group knows nothing about the money he has given back while a congressmen, etc.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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    • Robin,

      "At that time, the Liberty Committee's finances were overseen by a relative of the Paul family."

      Lol... thinking of Jesse Benton, maybe?

      Did you also noticed that they were saying all the time: "POSSIBLE" doublebilling... lol

      They have absolutely NOTHING on Ron paul. But the extend they are willing to go to try to discredit him has no boundary. Which is the proof that Ron paul is uncorruptible.

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  10. Sam Bacile: Self described Israeli Jew, now in hiding, intentionally creates hate film to incite violence that leads to American deaths in Libya. He financed the film with $5 million from 100 Jewish donors. Wake up! The Israelis and Jews are not our friends!

    Why Jew Terrorists who occupy the land of Palestine don't want you to see these YouTube videos;

    (HD) (SHOCKING) Israeli Terrorism and the Talmud

    No War for Israel in Syria and Iran !

    Israeli Terrorism Against America

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  11. My comment waiting "moderation" was apparently moderated by deletion way to go moderator/computer master. Worse has been said but allowed so freedom of speech apparently is not here. Perhaps it was too factual for you to allow?

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  12. im goin to mark the whole voting card out and and write ron paul big n bold

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  13. im goin to mark the whole voting card out and and write ron paul big n bold

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  14. Thanks for proving my point, asshole! NOT only do you get a lot of shit in your head, you also speak it! I won! dumbass! Now get your head out of your asshole, and perhaps clean your fucking ears, nose, and brains they are all FULL OF SHIT!

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  15. Has Ron Paul endorsed anyone yet? Or does he expect everyone that supports him to write him in?

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  16. sad thing is were gonna be stuck with romney or o'numnuts for the next four years cuz americans are uneducated about politics..and sold by the media....what sad times we live in ...i want to smack the shit out of the people that vote for these corporate clown thugs...

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  17. Ben Swann's next interview question for Obama this evening...
    http://www.fox19.com/story/19518328/reality-check-one-on-one-with-president-obama-why-is-the-us-supporting-al-qaeda-in-syria

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  18. To all Freedom lovers ant truth searchers,

    Today's show was all about 9/11... 3 hours of undeniable proofs.
    If you have friends who are in denial and are still believing the official story, this is THE show to make them listen to. Keep this link preciously:

    Alex Jones Show: Tuesday (9-11-12) Eleventh Anniversary of 9/11
    http://blogdogcicle.blogspot.ca/2012/09/alex-jones-show-tuesday-9-11-12.html

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    • French Canadian, I posted the PBS special in Colorado put together by Architects and Engineers for 9/11, 100 reasons why there needs to be a reinvestigation and about 4 other posts. I got some responses today which was amazing. I do believe some of my friends and relatives are waking up. There is hope yet..I will watch this special tomorrow when I have more time. Looking forward to what information the Grid News has. I'm sure my husband will be interested. It's been his life's dream to be off the grid and totally self-sufficient, but it just never worked out, so we have to make the best of it. We are in tsunami country, so we have to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster. A major earthquake the size of the one in Japan could happen anytime.

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  19. A Republic requires an intelligent electorate.

    Well there you have it...

    A nation of ignorant Zombies will fall for anything...and they have over and over again!

    Voting is an Intellectual endeavor... not an emotional reaction.

    My opinion... only property owners with skin in the game
    should be allowed to vote.
    But now the "have-nots" can vote themselve theft from the "haves"

    The DEMs have made the 10th Commandment their biggest party plank...
    "Thou shalt covet thy neighbors stuff"

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  20. French Canadian,
    This one is for you...Jesse Benton quits the liberty campaign with heavy heart..
    http://reason.com/blog/2012/09/11/ron-pauls-political-director-jesse-bento
    I think we know what he'll be doing now. Now the question is where did all that money go that they had in the coffers...

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    • Thanks Robin... lol

      "After much soul searching,"...
      I didn't know he had a soul...lol

      "I have decided that my passion lies in direct electoral politics, and I plan to work on campaigns rather than resume my work in grassroots advocacy."
      Sure, grassroots are evil, everyone knows this...lol

      "Benton is also known for being eager to segregate the campaign from the Paul grassroots' more radical edges. "
      You're kidding me, right? LOL

      As far as the money is concern, where did it go? It's anyone guess.

      I can't believe this guy is Ron Paul's son in law.
      So I guess he will now be working for RAND. Birds of a feather flock together they say.

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    • Robin,

      Did you see my post at 4:04 pm about http://www.offthegridnews.com/

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