Section 3: Republic vs Democracy
American politicians depend on the ignorance of voters and their lack of understanding of how politics work to ensure political support and reelection. THumP® exists to inform the uneducated masses of their rights and powers. The American people, as well as many of their political representatives, are clueless when it comes to the difference between a Republic and a Democracy.
The word Democracy implies equality and power in the hands of the majority. “Republic” is hardly ever mentioned in political rhetoric, although it is the true definition of equality.
A Republic is a form of government in which the powers of sovereignty (independence) are vested in the people and are exercised by the people, either directly or through representatives chosen by the people. However, the “people” who make up a pure form of a Republic is not plural, but singular and individual. A group of pure Republicans (not referring to members of the current American political party) holds advisory powers over others, but the sovereign individual is allowed to reject the advice of the majority and live autonomously.
A Democracy is a form of government in which the sovereign power resides in and is exercised directly by the whole body of free, voting citizens, or indirectly through a system of representation where 51% of the representatives override the dissenting 49%. Although the majority might prefer a Democracy, the minority would be denied liberty and justice. It was a Democracy that was responsible for many of history’s greatest human tragedies. It was a majority of German citizens that supported politics that caused the death of an entire culture of a Jewish minority. Slavery was once condoned and supported by a majority. In fact, it was the majority of white European immigrants to America who denied liberty and justice to the minority Native Americans. The segregation of blacks from whites was once legal and enforced by the majority, not necessarily the majority of the people, but the majority of their representatives, elected through Democratic principles and ideals.
All people, no matter what each of their individual desires for happiness might be, must be granted and protected in their right to life and liberty by the government to which they bow their knee. The support and protection of these liberties and rights must be granted equally to all people, not as the U.S. Founding Fathers established them (which excluded a large part of the people), but as more modern and humane realities demand.
To accomplish this, the United States government must establish what it stood for and promised the people in the beginning. The U.S. Constitution must support that for which many Americans have sacrificed, are sacrificing, and will continue to sacrifice their lives: a Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
In 1892, Francis Bellamy (1855-1931), a socialist Baptist minister, wrote the American Pledge of Allegiance. It was originally published as follows:
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
It was Bellamy’s hope to inspire young citizens to support a Republic, not a Democracy. A pure Republic would create a nation that was indivisible (not separated into different States of varying laws). Bellamy knew that if a pure Republic was not established, there could never be true liberty and justice equally for all.
It was a political and paranoid response to the desire of an American minority—that desired to incorporate fair and just social changes—that altered the original Pledge of Allegiance to include, “under God.” Although Bellamy was a Baptist minister (and his daughter would later vehemently fight to protect her father’s legacy and his original intent for the Pledge), the Eisenhower administration (1954) denied the minority its rights and liberty to be non-religious by changing the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. Legislating the right to freedom of religion—which includes the freedom to reject religion—began the hypocrisy of the Democratic platform (that of a Democracy).
The Constitution of the United States must be amended and rewritten to reflect a Republic for which it should stand, not the illusion of a Republic that American politicians have convinced the people is supported by their current Constitution. It is time to consider a reformation of American law and justice that reflects modern-day ideals and realities.
The legal protection of each individual’s rights and liberties should be the main emphasis of a righteous constitution. No group or majority should have the right to deny any individual of that person’s personal persuasion and pursuit of happiness. This humane policy must be tempered, however, by protecting the rights of one individual from being threatened by the rights of another. The personal sovereignty and rights of one must end where the personal sovereignty and rights of another begin.
The sovereignty of individuality cannot be based upon emotional or cognitive beliefs, but upon physical protection. Just because one sovereign citizen might be doing something that is morally or ethically offensive to another, if there is no physical violation of the offended’s sovereignty, then cognitive morals and ethics should not be considered in laws that protect liberty and justice for all.
Unfortunately, Democracy has destroyed equal freedom and rights for all. The U.S. Congress establishes laws by its majority. The Supreme Court of the United States defines and enforces laws by its majority. What about the minority and their rights? Equal protection under the law must take the rights of the minority into consideration. Fifty-one percent (51%) of a congressional vote should not be allowed to ignore the voice of the forty-nine percent (49%). Five Supreme Court Justices should not be able to silence the voice of the four dissenting Justices. Without a complete reformation of the Constitution by which these authorities exist—mandating that all decisions must be based on the consensus of unanimity—there can be no true and equal justice under the law for all people.
American politics and the laws that result therefrom must be established on pure Republican ideals representative of one nation, not separate States, but indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.