I believe the principal imperative of every American citizen, regardless of age, is to understand and know that the United States of America is a Constitutional Republic NOT a Democracy! It is a fact that the Founding Fathers gave We the People a Constitutional Republic. This fact is recorded in Article IV Section 4 of our Constitution which reads:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.” [Emphasis added.]
It is of note that the Founding Fathers did not use the word “democracy” in either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States of America. Nor does the word “democracy” appear in the constitutions of any of the fifty States.
For 130 years We the People knew and our posterity were taught that we lived in a Constitutional Republic. Then in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson began the slow and deliberate process of changing the thought and mind of We the People. It was then that the transition from knowing that our nation was a Constitutional Republic began to morph into being a Democracy. He did this when he raised the battle cry, “The world must be made safe for democracy.” He and the other Fabians did this to begin the slow and deliberate march of the Republic toward a Welfare Socialist State.
Their lie has now been repeated over and over again for more than 100 years until now it is embraced as truth. The real truth that we were given a Constitutional Republic is known by few and is lost in obscurity to the majority of We the People.
The Founding Fathers would have said, “The world must be made safe from democracy” because they understood the excesses of a democracy. They took great pains to avoid Democracy for our nation. As stated by Alexander Hamilton, “We are a Republican Government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy.”
The Founding Fathers gave us a Constitutional Republic. A Republic differs from a Democracy. A Republic exists only when the system [framework] of government holds both the people and their rulers subject to law. It is a government of laws and not of men. Man becomes free when he recognizes that he is subject to law.
A Republic is government of the people, by the people, for the people. A Democracy is bludgeoning of the people, by the politicians, for their selfish interests.
John Adams, our second President, said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” (Emphasis added)
Thomas Jefferson, our third President, said, “It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights… Confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism. Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence. It is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power… Our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no further, our confidence may go… In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” (Emphasis added)
The lesson is clear for all who can hear. God is our Ruler. He set up our nation in His own way and time. He appointed for its rulers the humble men of the street; the artisans, the farmers and the builders. Under the influence of His Holy Spirit, as long as they would listen, they worked together and built a mighty nation. The people were sovereign and We the People ruled well and with a mighty hand from March 4, 1789 as a Constitutional Republic. Their elected representatives recognized that the Federal Government only had power as We the People granted it to them within the framework of our 1787 Constitution, with its checks and balances, and Bill of Rights.
Our U. S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 and became the law of the land on June 21, 1788 when New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify it. It went into operation March 4, 1789. This Divinely inspired document is the best form of government ever entrusted by God to man.
Because of its Divine birthright, the Constitution has written into it both a spirit and a letter. The spirit of the Constitution gives to our republican form of government its life and meaning based on the intent of the Founding Fathers. The letter of the Constitution gives to our government its framework or structure. This structure, as seen by the Founding Fathers, is both vertical and horizontal. Vertically our government is divided between the Federal, the State, and the Local governments always with We the People as the ultimate voice of government. Horizontally, it is divided between the legislative, the executive, and the judicial branches each providing “checks and balances” against the others.
It is well known that, “Power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely.” For this reason our Founding Fathers placed within our Divinely inspired Constitution a “separation of powers” which is founded in our Judeo-Christian heritage. “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King; he will save us.” (KJV: Isaiah 33:22) It is this “separation of powers” that prevents despotism and tyranny by those elected and appointed to govern. By this form of government, if we and the guardians of our Divinely inspired Constitution, the Justices of the Supreme Court, are vigilant, we should be able to remain a free people until He rules who has a right to rule – the Lord.
If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, can a nation rise or survive without His divine approval and assistance? Is it possible for an individual or a nation to get ahead by leaving God behind?
In 1787 at the close of the Constitutional Convention, a lady asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well Doctor Franklin, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?” He is quoted as saying, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
May God Bless and Save the United States of America —
Our Constitutional Republic !