Wednesday, January 21, 2015
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” - John Adams
It cannot be said enough: America is not, should not be, a democracy. This needs to be realized before citizens can determine the goals and ambitions of those they vote into office. A case in point is Barack Obama who dwells on a democracy, fights for one and the sad point is that the majority of voters realize too late what he means as he promotes it. When he was campaigning in 2008 he did not hide his intentions.
“… we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” (Emphasis added) - Barack Obama October 30, 2008 campaign rally in Columbia, Missouri
And six plus years later he has veered little from his vision as stated in the final words of his 2015 state of the union address.
“Fifteen years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and begun again the work of remaking America. We have laid a new foundation. A brighter future is ours to write.” (Emphasis added) - Barack Obama State of the Union Jan 20th 2015
America has a foundation. We don’t need a new one. We don’t need to remake America, we need to restore it. Again, we are not a democracy but that is what Obama and the secular progressive left is driving for, even if they don’t or won’t recognize it. Our founding fathers were dead set against this avenue of government as John Adams said in the quote above. All his partners agreed.
“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.” - Thomas Jefferson
“The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.” - John Quincy Adams
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” - Benjamin Franklin (maybe)
“Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.” - John Marshall
“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” - Benjamin Franklin
Those who abhor a republic realize a democracy is the path to another form of government.
“Democracy is the road to socialism.” - Karl Marx
Obama has a vision, but it’s the wrong vision for America. I hope the majority of Americans have come to learn the difference and in our next voting cycle choose a president who will use the sense our founders instilled within our republic. Not that change is bad, it is not. But change by a way that supports and enhances the principles this nation was formed upon and has served us so well for so long. We should seek to change when our principles lead us to understand we are at odds with them. Slavery is wrong and though it took too long, our values helped us recognize and change that. The same thing goes for women’s rights. Our foundational values and principles directed us to do the right thing and it always will when we don’t abandon them.
But we need to put in office people, who understand our republic, our founding moralities, the original vision so well established in the Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights. There are many people who understand this and we need to focus on these people to take offices for us. Just one great example is Dr. Ben Carson and I hope we might elect him as president in 2016.
“Our founders did not believe that our society could thrive without this kind of moral social structure. In fact, it was our second president, John Adams, who said of our thoroughly researched and developed governing document, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“We the People” need to learn, spread the knowledge and then elect people who will restore this nation, not remake it, to the republic it was intended to be.
“Perhaps instead of screaming at each other, it is time to engage in intelligent conversation about our desire to preserve the rights granted by our Constitution.” - Dr. Ben Carson
I leave you with James Madison’s definition of a republic.
“We may define a republic to be - a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion or a favored class of it: otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.”
Thursday, January 8, 2015
"The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable."
Political correctness that conceals controversial opinions is nothing other than dictatorial cowardice and completely contrary to American free speech. How the general populace of the USA has allowed such a concept to take root in our culture is only a pure socialist draconian success story that most Americans should be ashamed to sanction. Our founding fathers would be aghast about the current state of the first amendment and how easily free loving people cowered to intellectual ignorance over common sense and resign ourselves to the concept of political correctness.
This angst surfaced over a story Todd Starnes published about a fire chief in Atlanta (Kelvin J. Cochran) who was fired for simply publishing his opinion, his Christian view, on marriage; the key word here being, Christian. This poison (political correctness) to American based free speech is well defined by Dr. Ben Carson’s view and similar patriots of our constitutional rights. This is not to say there are some things that should not be proclaimed when it violates safety or contributes to vicious damaging slander. Screaming “FIRE” falsely in a building or lying about a rape is not an inviolable or an inalienable right. But an opinion based on refutable information only contributes to constructive discourse for truth, knowledge and respect for the common wellbeing of everyone. Political correctness is merely an ill used weapon for those who know not, or cannot defend an idea with an acceptable, valid or truthful premise.
Kelvin J. Cochran said it well in the aforementioned article above. “The LGBT members of our community have a right to be able to express their views and convictions about sexuality and deserve to be respected for their position without hate or discrimination. But Christians also have a right to express our belief regarding our faith and be respected for our position without hate and without discrimination. In the United States, no one should be vilified, hated or discriminated against for expressing their beliefs.” - Kelvin Cochran, former fire chief of Atlanta, GA.
Right on Kelvin! Our founding fathers agree.
“Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.”
Samuel Johnson, as quoted in James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 1 (1791), p. 335.
“Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”
“Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.”
Benjamin Franklin, writing as Silence Dogood, No. 8, July 9, 1722
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
1 James Madison (1751–1836), U.S. president. First draft of what became the First Amendment, June 8, 1789. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 12, p. 201, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).