Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Baxter Bulletin of Mountain Home, Arkansas. It’s titled America is a republic, not a democracy, and it’s the second letter at that link. The newspaper has a comments section, but there aren’t any yet.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. But we don’t know his first name (or gender, but we’ll assume he’s male) because he uses only his initials, which are J. R. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
“Facts” that are presented to us, are not always factual, because so many professions, that we have been brought up to trust, have now been invaded by greedy individuals, who shamelessly present “lies” as “fact” in such a way that will pad their pockets.
Okay, but where is J.R. going with this? Here it comes:
So, what is the real problem? Our once beautiful Country is being presented as a Democracy by those who want to change America, and that is absolutely not true!
We all know that the US is a republic — that is, the people don’t directly rule, as they did in Athenian democracy. The American government (at all levels) is comprised of people who have been democratically elected, but we are governed by those who win elections, not by the whole of the people.
Then J.R. “proves” his assertion by referring to what he imagines is an undeniable authority. He says:
For starters, recite our Pledge of Allegiance — “and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one nation under GOD”. We are a Republic!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He could have referred to the Constitution, which describes how Congress and the President are chosen. Or he could have referred to Federalist Paper 39 (attributed to Madison), which is devoted to the issue. Madison wrote:
The first question that offers itself is, whether the general form and aspect of the government be strictly republican. It is evident that no other form would be reconcilable with the genius of the people of America; with the fundamental principles of the Revolution; or with that honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom, to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government. If the plan of the convention, therefore, be found to depart from the republican character, its advocates must abandon it as no longer defensible.
Could any further proof be required of the republican complexion of this system, the most decisive one might be found in its absolute prohibition of titles of nobility, both under the federal and the State governments; and in its express guaranty of the republican form to each of the latter.
But no — J.R. cites the Pledge! It’s probably the only thing he remembers from his education. But wait — it gets even better. J.R. asks an important question:
So what’s a major difference between a Republic and a Democracy?
Brace yourself, dear reader. Here comes his answer:
The Bible, God’s Law, the Ten Commandments, is the foundation of a Republic; where as [sic] The People, The Majority Rules, is the foundation of a Democracy.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! J.R. is beyond clueless. The bible has no references to a republic (or to democracy either). It’s monarchy all the way, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Nevertheless, J.R. thinks American government is based on the bible.
The rest of the letter is anticlimactic, but we’ll see it through. J.R. tells us:
So how’s that working? The “voice of we the people”, sounds great. Unfortunately, when more and more of “the people” selfishly place themselves above “Love God and treat your neighbor as you wish to be treated”, the result is a disaster. Folks, you don’t have to be a “Republican” to live in a “Republic”.
He finishes with this:
You only have to Love God and your neighbor. Should we not live our lives, (1) God; (2) Family (neighbor); and (3) Country. And besides, when we do this, God is on our side. That has to be good.
Although J.R.’s letter wasn’t specifically about creationism, we are supremely confident that he’s a creationist, so it’s a great addition to our collection.
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