A number of times in yesterday’s “Can’t we all get along as long as you agree with me” speech, President Obama made references to “our democracy.”
It’s important to note that before he was president, Obama was a law professor. At a 2007 fundraiser, he said, “I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president [George W. Bush] I actually respect the Constitution.”
I was left speechless when I first read this. It’s pure political theater. On the one hand, he states that he follows the jots and tittles of the Constitution. On the other hand, he violates it daily. He gets away with it because the general population is ignorant, and even if they weren’t, they wouldn’t like its limitations when their guys are in office.
If he truly respected the Constitution, President Obama would make it clear that we are not a democracy. Even though the will of the people is important, it’s the constitutional provisions that keep the majority from trampling on the freedoms of the minority and the minority from trampling on the freedoms of the majority and those in power from trampling on all our freedoms.
Article IV, Section 4, states “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government” not a majority-rule government.
A democracy-oriented political system is what Obama and his fellow Democrats want. If they can get more than 50 percent of the people to be dependent on government through the confiscation of wealth from the less than 50 percent population and then redistribute it to the majority, liberals will be in power as long as the money doesn’t run out.
Our Founders understood the problems with Democracy. It’s not that they were against democratic principles, but these were tempered by a divided representative government in what we know as the “separation of powers.” Further separation included a divided Congress as well as recognition that only enumerated constitutional powers are legitimate, the rest reserved to the states or the people: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” (Tenth Amendment)
These limitations are often ignored as an appeal is made to the masses. Consider the following:
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”
We are a nation where a majority of voters has discovered that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury, that is, from productive tax payers by putting people in power that will do their bidding. Fifty percent of the voting population doesn’t pay a penny in federal income taxes. Why would they ever vote for a president, congressman, or senator who wants to cut taxes and spending?
It’s no wonder that James Madison, writing in Federalist 10, that “such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
We are headed for political and social death if democracy prevails.