The United States of America is Not a Democracy

I continue to hear government officials, media types and other talking heads refer to the United States as a democracy. Our country is in no way a democracy. Anyone who refers to us as such has no credibility about what they are talking about. You might as well call a horse a chair, or a tree a blanket. Even after many people have been educated on this simple idea, it continues to consistently pop its head up.

I recently saw a press conference with Congressman Steve Cohen . He was announcing the filing of charges of impeachment against Trump and said “Taking this action because of our great concern about our country, our Constitution, our national security and our democracy.”. That is where everyone should tune him out.

In congressional hearings recently where Jeff Sessions was being questioned about the Russian “connection” a Congressman asking him questions referred to the United States as a democracy on multiple occasions. George Bush in a recent speech about Donald Trump mentioned the United States being a democracy repeatedly throughout his speech. You can listen to most talking heads on TV who also repeat the mantra of the United States of America being a democracy or adhering to democratic principles. Might as well call our country a bingo parlor. That is just as accurate.

Why do these people continue to call us a democracy instead of a republic? Are they ignorant? Maybe. Do they have an agenda? More likely. That agenda is repressing the idea of unalienable rights and the protections that a republic affords to those that live in one. That agenda is the continuing perversion of words and the chronic repression of what the founding ideals of this country are. The agenda of misinformation dealing with the Constitution and how our government disregards the law is also part of it. Bottom line it is just another in a long line of falsehoods about why our country was founded and what ideals have made it great. This is often referred to generically as the “dumbing down of America”.

A democracy is a horrible system to participate. A majority of the people (50% +1) decide what is legal and illegal. In a democracy there are no unalienable rights. There are no restrictions on the government. There are no protections for any minority group. There are no property rights. Democracy is mob rule. The passions of the people are the driving force of the nation.

There could be many laws on the books, but once 50%+1 decides differently then the laws are changed. In a democracy the people could decide that freckles are punishable by death and it would become law. The majority could decide that your property should be confiscated to be torn down to make a park. The passions of the people are law.

A republic vests the power to make changes in the laws to representatives picked by the people. The methods of choosing a representative in a republic are varied. Our constitutional republic, which is the only true descriptor for the United States of America, involves the compact we call the Constitution of the United States of America which defines our federal governmental system and its interactions with the states. It is a document which delineates the size and power of government.

Our Constitution describes a nation that consists of sovereign entities we call states which have delegated specific enumerated powers to a federal government that they created. Three branches of government were established which serve as checks and balances to each other. Each has specific duties which are described by the document. Our federal government is one of limited powers, not plenary, with the majority of power left to the states and to the people.

The idea of unalienable rights referenced in the Bill of Rights is also included. Listed there are some of the rights which we the people possess and government is required to recognize. We have the idea of more rights being available to the people, via the 9th Amendment, and the ironclad statement in the 10th Amendment which states that if a power is not specifically delegated to the federal government then they do not possess it but instead it is left to the states or the people.

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Is it any wonder why those in power today, or their bootlicking sycophants, want to keep Americans ignorant to our status as a republic?

I am not going to beat this idea to death. But I will say- when you run across anyone who describes the United States of America as a democracy be wary. Either they are ignorant of the truth or they are peddling snake oil. Neither one is worthy of your time. This idea of democracy existing in the United States needs to be expunged and the truth of our roots as a republic embraced and understood by Americans once again. This is one step on the path back toward liberty and prosperity.

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.

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Constitutional Cappuccino Podcast: The Supreme Court

This podcast deals with the Supreme Court. A look at what the Constitution says, the importance of juries and a general idea where the Supreme Court fits in our republic. All in under 10 Minutes 🙂

500 Words or Less: The Basics of the Bill of Rights

Many people realize that the Bill of Rights are the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. What many do not realize about the Bill of Rights is that it was added after the Constitution was ratified. Over three years later. This little tidbit of knowledge is critical to understanding the relevance and importance of these amendments.

During the Constitutional Convention, the topic of a Bill of Rights was brought up. Some wanted a Bill of Rights and some opposed the proposition. Some argued that a Bill of Rights appeared in every state constitution and was needed for the federal Constitution. Those that opposed this idea cited that to write them down was to subject those inalienable rights to scrutiny from the government. If the government was not to infringe on the right of the press, for instance, they would need to define what the press actually was so they could make sure they didn’t infringe on their freedoms. This alarmed a majority of these men enough that they voted against including a Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights was introduced in the first Congress by James Madison. During the ratification debates most of the ratification delegations issued supplementary ideas they would like introduced in the first Congress. There was no authority to change the proposed Constitution, but these men had faith in the good will of their fellow men to give their thoughts a fair hearing. A majority of these notes concerned a Bill of Rights. James Madison took these notes and condensed them down to a much smaller list. This was the start of the Bill of Rights. After congressional deliberation, there were 12 Amendments transmitted to the states for approval. We all know today that 10 made the cut. We had a Bill of Rights.

Now I ask you- what rights do the Bill of Rights give us? If you said anything other than none you are incorrect. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights”. The Bill of Rights give us NO rights. They describe SOME of the inalienable rights that are inherent and not to be encroached by government.

The 2nd Amendment, for instance,  does not give us the right to keep and bear arms. It describes an inherent right, already possessed by the people, that shall not be infringed by government. The way this idea has been turned on its head has made the pursuit of liberty difficult.When you understand the 2nd Amendment in this true sense then you see how our government has violated our rights, not protected them. Government gives us no rights.

The people have inherent rights. SOME of these rights are listed in our Bill of Rights. The 9th Amendment is the catch all for our rights and states that even though we haven’t listed a certain right, it is the people’s, not the governments prerogative to claim it. The 10th Amendment further secures this claim.

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.

The Constitution is a Compact

The Constitution was a creation of the 13 sovereign states of the Confederation. It was an agreement between them to form a federal government to perform specific delegated duties. It is a compact. The term compact in this instance means a contract between sovereign powers. This idea has been relegated to the scrap heap of history and needs to be revived. It is an important idea that needs to be known to properly defend the Constitution from attack.

Because the United States Constitution is a compact then contract law applies. One of the biggest attacks today on constitutional protections has been the United States Supreme Court. The prevailing idea in Washington DC is that the Constitution is an old document and new interpretations need to be read into it. This is exactly opposite what contract law tells us.

Contract law tells us, rightfully and logically so, that when there is a question about a contract that a “meeting of the minds” is evaluated. This “meeting” represents the intent of the original writers of the contract. It has nothing to do with expanding or diminishing the contract. When the Founders created the Supreme Court they envisioned it going back to original principles to make decisions. The ideas of state sovereignty, enumerated powers, the people’s rights and the primary function of government being instituted to protect those rights would be reflected in every decision they make.

Another important aspect of contract interpretation is to read the document as a whole and not to evaluate specific ideas out of the context of the contract. One example: In our Constitution it states that Congress shall be the originator of all laws and in Article 1 Section 8 their is a specific list of enumerated powers that has been delegated to Congress. To think that a clause such as “general welfare” is an expansion of that delegated power is ludicrous and disingenuous. Why list any enumerated powers at all? It is because the “general welfare” clause has nothing to do with what we consider “welfare” today and was never intended to be an expansion of power, but a direction for the Congress to adhere to when making decisions.

The Founders wrote prolifically. They knew that later generations could benefit from their wisdom and their vision for what they had created. They also knew that these writings could be useful for future courts to interpret the ideas contained in the words of the Constitution. The writings of Madison, Jefferson, and Hamilton are integral to the understanding of the document. They explained the exact meanings found in the Constitution including the “necessary and proper” clause, the “supremacy” clause and what “general welfare” meant. What these ideas have morphed into would have the founders picking up arms again to combat the tyranny on their doorstep.

When interpretations of interpretations of court cases takes us away from the original and clear meaning of the Constitution then they must be fought. Being a creation of the Constitution, the Supreme Court is not the final arbiter of the Constitution. There is a reason they issue “opinions”. The Constitution has a clear and plain meaning. It was written to create a federal government of specific enumerated duties that would help the states collectively to prosper. Whenever the court makes interpretations that expand the powers of the federal government it is doing so in spite of what is written.

Among other things, it is high time that the 9th and 10th Amendment are dusted off and the proper relationship between the states and the federal government is once again realized. This must happen for our republic to survive and for prosperity and liberty to once again be part of our national lexicon.

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.