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Closing Debate: REPUBLICS v. DEMOCRACY

June 1, 2009

1 June 09

IBD

Marketplace Of Ideas: A conservative group wants to run a health care infomercial on a local network affiliate, but another group is trying to suppress the message. This is a new low.

When thuggery replaces debate in the political process, society suffers. There is no room in an advanced civilization for tribal conflicts. Competing ideas should be sorted out in the light, not snuffed out by intimidation. But that is exactly what a coalition organization called Democracy for America is trying to do.

A group named Conservatives for Patients’ Rights has bought time on Washington, D.C.’s NBC 4 to air a 30-minute broadcast Sunday after “Meet the Press.” The group describes it as a ” ’60 Minutes’-style documentary” that will “let people see the very real consequences of letting the government take over their health care decisions.”

We haven’t seen the program, which has already run on the History Channel, A&E Network and ION, and focuses on the “stalling, waiting lists and rationing and withholding care because of red tape, politics, and bureaucratic foot-dragging” that distinguish the government-run health care systems elsewhere, particularly Great Britain and Canada. So we don’t know how the points are presented. But we are aware of those systems’ failures and have repeatedly listed them on these pages.

Many Americans, however, are ignorant of the rationing and nasty waiting lists that are responsible for poor health and even fatalities in nations with socialist health care systems. And Democracy for America wants to keep them that way.

Even though it hasn’t seen the program either, the Service Employees International Union, part of Democracy for America, has sent a letter to NBC 4, claiming CPR’s program “will be false, deceitful, and a distortion” and is asking the station to refuse to air it. The coalition is reportedly also urging its supporters to call NBC 4 and demand that it drop the broadcast.

Ideally, the groups that make up Democracy for America should wait until they’ve seen the program and then point out the falsehoods — if there are any. But they would rather silence a voice that threatens their goal of forcing a national, government-run health care system on the country.

Let us for a moment engage in a mental exercise and imagine the outrage from Democracy for America if the situation were turned around and a right-of-center group tried to silence its message. It would be loud. And it would be justified.

While it is sometimes hard to recognize, this is still America. We are free to speak, even when what we speak is unpopular. It is an offense to our heritage for Democracy for America to call CPR into a virtual private-sector star chamber in an effort to strip the group of its right to speak freely. By doing so, the coalition, called progressive by Politico.com, is moving us backward.

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The following are our quotes:

–  They believe that America is a democracy which means to them that majority vote wins.  But America is a republic, NOT A DEMOCRACY, just as Benjamin Franklin said “a republic if you can keep it.”

The following is from the book “Original Intent, the Courts, the Constitution, & Religion” by David Barton

Benjamin Franklin reminded the delegates at the Constitutional Convention:

And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend?  Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?… [W]ithout His concurring aid… we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages.

And Thomas Jefferson similarly cautioned:

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep forever.

A second question useful for judging a public policy is, “Is this act consistent with our form of government?”

This is a simple question; yet the answer may often be in error since many citizens today have been misled about our form of government.  We have grown accustomed to hearing that we are a democracy; such was never the intent.  The form of government entrusted to us by our Founders was a republic, not a democracy.

Our Founders had an opportunity to establish a democracy in America and chose not to.  In fact, the Founders made clear that we were not– and were never to become- a democracy:

Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; JAMES MADISON

Democracy never lasts long.  There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. JOHN ADAMS

A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction.  The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness [excessive license] which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty. FISHER AMES

We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate… as [it has] everywhere terminated, in despotism…. Democracy!  savage and wild.  Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to thy level of folly and guilt. GOUVERNEUR MORRIS, SIGNER AND PENMAN OF THE CONSTITUTION

[T]he experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short- lived. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS

A simple democracy…is one of the greatest of evils. BENJAMIN RUSH, SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION

A pure democracy is generally a very bad government.  It is often the most tyrannical government on earth. NOAH WEBSTER

Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state- it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.” JOHN WITHERSPOON SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION

The more a government resembles a pure democracy the more they abound with disorder and confusion. ZEPHANIAH SWIFT. AUTHOR OF AMERICA’S FIRST LEGAL TEXT

What is the source of law for the American republic?  According to Founder Noah Webster:

“[O]ur citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament, or the Christian religion.
In the American republic, the principles which did not change and which were “certain and universal in their operation upon all the members of the community” were the principles of Biblical natural law.  In fact, so firmly were these principles ensconced in the American republic that early law books taught that government was free to set its own policy only if God had not ruled in an area.  For example, Blackstone’s Commentaries explained:

[T]he law… dictated by God Himself is, of course, superior in obligation to any other.  It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times.  No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this. ALEXANDER HAMILTON, SIGNER OF THE CONSTITUTION

As John Adams explained:

[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will and the execrable [abominable] cruelty of one or a very few.

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We are a “REPUBLIC, for which it stands,One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

WE ARE NOT A DEMOCRACY – EVEN IF MOST

AMERICANS THINK SO.  WHY WON’T OUR

EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS TEACH THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR COUNTRY?


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