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. Shut up you stupid PaulTards. We real Americans demand that you losers pledge allegiance to Mitt Romney now. Mitt Romney is very wealthy and a Mormon so he has earned your vote. Our election is slipping away and if we lose, it will be because you Paultards hate the USA just like your guru leader Ron Paul. Ron Paul supported terrorism against the USA and was best friends with Bin Laden. Obama murdered Bin Laden so you idiots need to vote for Mitt. Join in with us and trust us. Romney 2012.

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  2. French Canadian,
    Any thoughts on the killing of the ambassador in Libya? Of course, the link with Al=Qaeda and the hand we played in creating this group(CIA) and continuing to support them, makes us an accessory to murder. Same thing in Syria. US intelligence said we had knowledge 2 days prior and they did nothing to seal the compound. You have to ask why they would do this? Justification for invasion in Syria, Iran. I also have relatives who are Christians and so anti=Muslim they will believe anything they hear. Such intolerance it makes me sick. Ben Swann did another good Reality Check on this. You can go to his site if you want to listen to it. He continues to pound away. Is there another way to access this site besides going through Ron Paul.com?

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    • Robin,

      A few news:

      - Ben Swann is the guest on the Alex Jones Show today.

      - Jesse Ventura was the guest yesterday. He announced that he is seriously considering to run for President in 2016.

      - Article plus 2 videos:

      Ron Paul: “Country Should Panic Over Fed’s Decision”
      http://www.infowars.com/ron-paul-country-should-panic-over-feds-decision/

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    • Robin,

      I forgot.

      About the Lybian ambassador, Alex covered that yesterday. Today he will also cover it again and all the insanity related to the film and event:

      "On the Friday, September 14 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the increasing insanity in response to an anti-Islam video that is making its way across the internet after the death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya. He also covers Obama's appeal against a court ruling striking down the indefinite detention of American citizens and other news. Alex's guest today is investigative journalist Ben Swann who interviewed Obama about why his administration is fighting the injunction issued by a federal judge prohibiting the indefinite detention of American citizens under Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA. Swann works for FOX19 Evening News in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the recipient of both an Edward R. Murrow Award and two Emmy's. Alex also takes your calls on today's show."

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  3. There are only 8 states that will count a write-in for Ron Paul. If you're like me and you do not live in one of them, make sure to vote via absentee ballot. You can have one sent from your Board of Elections if you haven't already. I received mine last week. I'm voting Ron regardless of our blatant fraudulent system and I'm not alone on that. I consider it better than total apathy.

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  4. The Federal Reserve is draining the wealth of the American people.

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  5. Thanks Ron Paul.

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  6. Thanks Surfisher. How do you access this site? They are desperate, aren't they? I did the write in and will tell my son and husband to do the same..I posted it on Ben's site as well..

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  7. Is anyone else having problems logging in and posting.? My computer also would not load up and neither would my husbands. We've been hacked French Canadian..I wanted to post that our mole Jesse Benton is going to run the campaign of a big shot GOP running for senate, which you probably heard today. Does this surprise any of us who know that he was never about the liberty movement or issues, but just furthering his own career. There will be divine justice for this traitor...

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    • Robin,

      Yes, it's been hacked for sure! First I thought it was my computer, but it wasn't since infowars and other sites worked perfectly. Most of the time since yesterday, this site takes about 10 minutes to show-up. And when you answer and press "Submit"... nothing happens. Let see if this post goes thru.

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  8. Is anyone else having problems logging in and posting. My computer also would not load up and neither would my husbands. We've been hacked French Canadian..I wanted to post that our mole Jesse Benton is going to run the campaign of a big shot GOP running for senate, which you probably heard today. Does this surprise any of us who know that he was never about the liberty movement or issues, but just furthering his own career. There will be divine justice for this traitor...

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    • robin --- Looks like the Ron Paul Fan Site is under attack by Mitt’s cyber goons, again!

      Try and go here — http://www.ronpaul.com — and you get nothing but waiting to load ONLY for a loooooooooooooooooooooooong time!

      Since the INFO to WRITE Ron Paul IN was posted there — http://writeinron2012.com/writeinBlog/our-mission/ — Rmoney’s Team worried that their master won’t win, are pursuing all venues, to shut Ron Paul down, like they did at their OWNED Tampa Convention!

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  9. Write in Ron Paul for 2012 President 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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  10. Here is the solution for our troubles to be over:

    Bring the Troops Home, stop all undeclared Wars and Foreign Aid (Israel can protect itself), shut down the alphabet soup of unconstitutional Government Agencies that have sprung up (like the TSA and many more), End the Federal Reserve and peg the US Dollar to its original Gold Standard.

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  11. Vote for RON PAUL in the final polls ANYWAY !!! screw the main parties!

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  12. If our money is worth anything by then, I'll donate.

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  13. I'll be back in 2016, lets start another money bomb.

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  14. you should know better , they work for the fbi =)

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  15. In other words, we live under an authoritarian regime.

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  16. Ya robin whats up with that
    Ya robin whats up with that
    ya robin whats up with that
    LOL!

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  17. Ya robin whats up with that
    Ya robin whats up with that
    ya robin whats up with that
    LOL!

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  18. We want to meet wRONg Paul.
    "We want to see the Wizard"!
    "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain"!

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  19. French Canadian,
    Did you intend to have your response to me come up 15 times????

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    • Of course not... I don't know what happened there. My computer was slow last night, dont know why. My Reply wouldn't go up. I tried many times, but it never showed up. So I closed my computer and thought I would try back it tomorow. So today it showed up 15 times? Wow!... this is crazy.

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    • Of course not... I don't know what happened there. My computer was slow last night, dont know why. My Reply wouldn't go up. I tried many times, but it never showed up. So I closed my computer and thought I would try back it tomorow. So today it showed up 15 times? Wow!... this is crazy.

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  20. Too bad no one will hear this speech on the mainstream media, it should be posted everywhere!
    We need politicians like this, if we EVER hope to put this country back on track, & this should be mandatory required viewing.
    Just close your eyes, and listen to the words he speaks...how can anyone disagree with him?
    And why would anyone want to elect Obama or Romney for just more of the same?
    "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold, is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
    ―Thomas Jefferson

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