DEMOCRACY IS ... By Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)The State Department has decided that it is going to host a Twitter competition. Contestants are to "tweet what you think democracy is in 140 characters or less." The winner will get a Flip video camera.
Naturally, I have my own ideas for the State Department Twitter contest but something tells me they won't be well received. Here are some examples:
Democracy .. detested by our founding fathers, loved by today's despots.There. Those didn't take 140 characters. It also didn't take a lot of creativity on my part ... only a little bit of research into what our own founding fathers thought of the idea of democracy. You see, a lot of you were probably educated in government schools. That's ok. You really don't understand my aversion to Democracy. Well, that's by design. But your government schools did you a grand disservice (man is THAT an understatement!). Your government school teachers lied to you. Our country is not a democracy. Shocking, I know. But did you know that the word "democracy" fails to appear in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution or the constitutions of any of our 50 states?
Democracy .. a concept completely misunderstood by the American people.
Democracy is three wolves and one sheep deciding what to eat for dinner.
Democracy is a form of government which panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.
Democracy is mob rule that recognizes no individual rights.
Democracy .. where the rule of the masses destroys the rights of the individuals.
Look at it this way. Let's say that you're charged with a horrible crime. Well say you are charged with the rape and murder of a little girl. You're innocent .. but you also know that pretty much everybody in the community thinks you're guilty as hell .. and they're forming a lynch mob. At this point are you rooting for democracy or the rule of law? Do you want a system where the majority prevails? Or do you want a system with a structure of laws that will protect you while guilt is adjudicated?
The idea that our country is a democracy did not take hold until about the time of Woodrow Wilson. This is when politicians began to see the Constitution as a roadblock to enacting their dreams and schemes. So they started spreading this idea that we were a country ruled by men (instead of law) and therefore began to abuse and stretch the limitations of the Constitution.
So back to my quote. I said that it wasn't original. I got it from a book titled "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation" by historian Joseph Ellis. At the very beginning of the book he tells us what our founding fathers thought of the idea of democracy:
"... the term "democrat" originated as an epithet and referred to 'one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.'"Sounds about right, doesn't it? Now ... we will see if that wins me a Flip video camera. Wait! I already have one ... so it doesn't matter.
Like hell it doesn't.