For years the media has told us that we are a
democratic nation and how they want us to promote a democratic way of life to
other countries. Are we a truly a democratic nation? What was the intent of our
Our United States Constitution states in Art. 4
Sec. 4 Par. 1:
"The United States
shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government."
(Not a democracy.)
Our Pledge of Allegiance states -I pledge allegiance to the flag of the
United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands
Currently our Pledge of Allegiance is under
attack. There are those who seek to reword it. They want the words
and "republic" to be removed. They are attacking the whole pledge in hopes of
having it abolished. This would cause people to forget their true heritage.
As Benjamin Franklin was leaving the building
where, after four months of hard work, the Constitution had been completed and
signed, a lady asked him what kind of government did the convention create. A
very old, very tired, and very wise Benjamin Franklin replied;
ma'am if you can keep it."
What's the difference between a republic vs.
- It is a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens
entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives
responsible to them and governed according to law. Laws that are absolute and
cannot be changed set a republic. The body works within those guidelines.
Democracy -Is by direct majority vote of the people.
When an issue is to be decided, the entire population votes on it; the majority
wins and rules. A democracy is ruled by majority feeling, what the
Founding Fathers described as "mobocracy". For example: in a democracy, if a
majority of the people decides that murder is no longer a crime, murder will no
longer be a crime. As in the case of abortion in a Republic, murder will always
be a crime, because it is an absolute law.
None of our founding fathers wanted a democracy!
Warning from some of our
signer of the Declaration of Independence - " a simple democracy
... is one of the
greatest of evils."
James Madison, U.S.President "Democracies, in general,
have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."
John Adams, signer and U.S. President- "Remember, democracy
never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, andmurders itself. There never was a
democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
John Quincy Adams,
U.S. President "The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human
governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived."
What was the source of law for the American republic?
The preamble of the
Declaration of Independence mentions "...the Law of Nature and of Nature's
God" This is in direct reference to the Bible.
According to founder Noah
Webster "Our citizens should early
understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the
Bible, particularly the New Testament, or the Christian religion."
Isaiah 33:22 is the source of our republican principles. It states that the
is our King, the Lord is our Judge and the Lord is our Lawgiver."
Founding Fathers gave us an Electoral College because we were a republic, not a
democracy. The Electoral College follows the principle of elected
representation. It was designed to further promote the ideals of balance and
of separation of powers. It gives the smaller states true representation in a
fair and just manner by allowing their voices, as well as rural America, to be
heard. It prevents the control of the nation by highly populated urban centers,
thus reducing the risk of elections being bought or won by fraud where power
could be consolidated.
a Republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must
be because the citizens neglect their divine commands and elect bad men to make
and administer laws."
President James A. Garfield
Father of the U.S. Constitution - "We have staked the whole future of American
civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the
future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for
self-government; upon the capacity of each and allof us to govern ourselves, to control
ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
father of our country - "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without
God and the Bible."
signer of the Declaration of Independence - "The very existence of the
Republic...depends much upon the public institutions of religion."
Maybe our Founding Fathers chose a republic over a democracy because they
remembered the most infamous "democratic" vote in all history. The lesson of a
bureaucrat many years ago who turned to a crowd and asked which prisoner should
be released - the crowd yelled - "give us Barabbas". The will of the people
spoke that day. When the bureaucrat asked the people what should be done with
this innocent man, this Jesus, the crowd responded with a loud cry,
democracy can override any law. Jesus was crucified by a majority vote even
though they broke 17 laws exercising pure democracy to put him on the cross.
This is the reason our founding fathers wanted a republic, a government based on
the rule of law which could not be changed by the whims of the people.
Greek philosopher Socrates was put to death by majority vote. He was not guilty
of any human law that was worthy of death, but because a majority of men decided
that he should die, he was put to death.
Let us learn from history about democracy Vs republic!
·Democracy started in Greece and it
destroyed Greece. It promoted that every person did right which was according to
his own way.
·A democracy dictates that what is
right for you may not be right for someone else. This is better known as
·A republic teaches that there are
absolute rules in which all people must obey regardless of their status of life.
This is why the Bible and everything else connected with it has been removed
from our public schools.
·Rome started out as a republic,
and then went to a democracy, then to a dictatorship. She now ceases to be a
·The United States started out as a
republic that was governed by the principals of scripture which is evident in
our early writings. Now, we promote a democratic way of life. Will she go as the
other nations have gone or will she return to her republic roots?
·Frances Bellemy, who was a Baptist
minister, wrote the Pledge of Allegiance. Our government, at that time, did not
have a problem with a pastor influencing our country.