One thing that keeps buggin me about this conversation in general is everyone’s reference to this nation as a Democracy. America is not a democracy. It was never intended to be a democracy. America is a republic, it?s a constitutional republic not a constitutional democracy. If you say the ?Pledge of Allegiance? ?. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands. But the political beings that exist today keep telling everybody it?s a democracy, because they like to put out programs that will get them votes. Fifty-one percent now controls forty-nine percent. That?s not freedom. In the constitutional republic like America was; that Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington created here, ninety-nine percent of the people couldn?t take away the rights of one percent of the people. That was freedom but in a democracy fifty-one percent can take way the rights of forty-nine percent? that?s not freedom? that?s not even a good form of Government.
America was only a democracy in the sense that the majority voted for the people that they put into office. So it had some democratic principals, but it wasn?t run by majority rule; that was never the intent of America. America was always the land of the individual and that?s what made America a great nation and separated it from all the other nations in the world, because it ran under that concept. There were other nations that had natural resources, lots of land, and water, but they didn?t become great, because they were run not as a constitutional republic. Whereas America was a republic, so the individual could aspire to their highest goals. That?s what a constitutional republic like America was, that?s why it was created. That?s why it became the dominant country in such a short time, because people could become great, they could reach their natural God-given potential. And that?s what made America a great country. Unfortunately today those principals are gone and instead of having Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Thomas Paine we now have George Bush or Hillary Clinton who don?t show any courage or any wisdom at all. Those are the people that are running our country today and it?s unfortunate.
“A simple democracy,” wrote Benjamin Rush to John Adams in 1789, “or an unbalanced republic, is one of the greatest of evils.” These two founding fathers of the United States, like nearly all of their fellow patriots, held a distinct disdain for, and distrust of, pure democracy. They correctly feared that a majority-mob would as surely trample the rights of a political minority as a tyrannical king. But how can a majority ever be wrong? Just ask the American slaves of the 1800s, or the people of faith in Lenin’s USSR. Ask the Jews of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, or the Japanese Americans interred in Roosevelt’s camps. A majority of people holding a “popular” position can be as oppressive as a dictator like Castro or a Stalin.
Italicized words from my boy Russo.
Aristocracy? I don’t know about that, but if you mean a form of specialized representatives that actually know what they’re talking about. Like a Technocracy. Then yes, I believe strongly in a representative social structure where a non executive branch is governend by an elected specialist(s). I say specialists to mean that we have a form of certification and checks & balances that can be applied to a specific branch. And the branch would not be limited to the three, but also based on the needs of the time, Branches such as environmental governance, Bioethics committee, etc…
Do we have the best form of government? Doubtful, but who does? This nation is roughly 200 years old and to say that we have the best form of a governing system and that it works better than any others is to not understand history. To not partake in evolving the existing system, is to be a fool. No other time in history has any citizen of any nation had such opportunity to make things better for themselves and the rest of the world.