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Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy 

 
 
 
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Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy

Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, “What Happened.”

Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American politics.

Why? They say the Electoral College system, as opposed to a simple majority vote, distorts the one-person, one-vote principle of democracy because electoral votes are not distributed according to population.

To back up their claim, they point out that the Electoral College gives, for example, Wyoming citizens disproportionate weight in a presidential election.

Put another way, Wyoming, a state with a population of about 600,000, has one member in the House of Representatives and two members in the U.S. Senate, which gives the citizens of Wyoming three electoral votes, or one electoral vote per 200,000 people.

California, our most populous state, has more than 39 million people and 55 electoral votes, or approximately one vote per 715,000 people.

Comparatively, individuals in Wyoming have nearly four times the power in the Electoral College as Californians.

Many people whine that using the Electoral College instead of the popular vote and majority rule is undemocratic. I’d say that they are absolutely right. Not deciding who will be the president by majority rule is not democracy.

But the Founding Fathers went to great lengths to ensure that we were a republic and not a democracy. In fact, the word democracy does not appear in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or any other of our founding documents.

How about a few quotations expressed by the Founders about democracy?

In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison wanted to prevent rule by majority faction, saying, “Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.”

John Adams warned in a letter, “Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.”

Edmund Randolph said, “That in tracing these evils to their origin, every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.”

Then-Chief Justice John Marshall observed, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”

The Founders expressed contempt for the tyranny of majority rule, and throughout our Constitution, they placed impediments to that tyranny. Two houses of Congress pose one obstacle to majority rule. That is, 51 senators can block the wishes of 435 representatives and 49 senators.

The president can veto the wishes of 535 members of Congress. It takes two-thirds of both houses of Congress to override a presidential veto.

To change the Constitution requires not a majority but a two-thirds vote of both houses, and if an amendment is approved, it requires ratification by three-fourths of state legislatures.

Finally, the Electoral College is yet another measure that thwarts majority rule. It makes sure that the highly populated states—today, mainly 12 on the east and west coasts, cannot run roughshod over the rest of the nation. That forces a presidential candidate to take into consideration the wishes of the other 38 states.

Those Americans obsessed with rule by popular majorities might want to get rid of the Senate, where states, regardless of population, have two senators.

Should we change representation in the House of Representatives to a system of proportional representation and eliminate the guarantee that each state gets at least one representative?

Currently, seven states with populations of 1 million or fewer have one representative, thus giving them disproportionate influence in Congress.

While we’re at it, should we make all congressional acts by majority rule? When we’re finished with establishing majority rule in Congress, should we then move to change our court system, which requires unanimity in jury decisions, to a simple majority rule?

My question is: Is it ignorance of or contempt for our Constitution that fuels the movement to abolish the Electoral College?

This article has been republished with permission from The Daily Signal.

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26 minutes ago, Spartan said:

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/why-we-are-republic-not-democracy?fbclid=IwAR281GP7KMQCygq7AP6QPMCyYXmHRS1-hs-8baNkundCJCUhEcznG69qWjg

 

Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy 

 
 
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Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy

Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, “What Happened.”

 

My question is: Is it ignorance of or contempt for our Constitution that fuels the movement to abolish the Electoral College?

This article has been republished with permission from The Daily Signal.

 

I see nothing positive in this post that would make a person want to be anything but a democracy.

 

DEFINITION OF REPUBLIC:  a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives,

and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch. 

 

Obviously, we are NOT a Republic if we allow a President to be selected by the Electoral College which is based on throwing

out votes.   The "supreme power" is held by 535 (or 538), NOT the people of the country.  

 

There is nothing good for America to come from the Electoral College.  If it had functioned as intended, it would have

protected the nation from Trump.   

 

WISDOM and JUSTICE are the driving forces behind getting rid of the Electoral College to answer your question.

 

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Father of the US Constitution and fourth President of the United States, James Madison said, 

Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.

 

In our Constitutional Republic, one man's rights stand against the rest of the entire country. Would the left really want the majority to negate individuals' rights?

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1 minute ago, rick55 said:

Father of the US Constitution and fourth President of the United States, James Madison said, 

Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.

 

In a republic, one man's rights stand against the rest of the entire country. Would the left really want the majority to negate individuals' rights?

The basic principle of Democracy in this country is,

Basic rights for everyone: the Bill of Rights applies to all.

The privilege of governing all not covered by the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Constitution goes to the majority.

 

Madison owned about on his plantation 100 slaves.'

He promised that tyey be freed when his son died. They weren't.

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8 minutes ago, XavierOnassis said:

The basic principle of Democracy in this country is,

Basic rights for everyone: the Bill of Rights applies to all.

The privilege of governing all not covered by the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Constitution goes to the majority.

 

Madison owned about on his plantation 100 slaves.'

He promised that tyey be freed when his son died. They weren't.

 

8 minutes ago, XavierOnassis said:

The basic principle of Democracy in this country is,

Basic rights for everyone: the Bill of Rights applies to all.

The privilege of governing all not covered by the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Constitution goes to the majority.

 

Madison owned about on his plantation 100 slaves.'

He promised that tyey be freed when his son died. They weren't.

I dismiss what you say because Democrats owned slaves.

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Just now, rick55 said:

 

I dismiss what you say because Democrats owned slaves.

So slavery was all right?  Madison was a Democrat, by the way. The oppositions became Whigs, and many of them owned slaves as well. There is little similarity between the political parties of the early 1800's and now. But rights are rights.

Slaves do not have the protection of the Bill of Rights, do they?

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2 minutes ago, XavierOnassis said:

So slavery was all right?  Madison was a Democrat, by the way. The oppositions became Whigs, and many of them owned slaves as well. There is little similarity between the political parties of the early 1800's and now. But rights are rights.

Slaves do not have the protection of the Bill of Rights, do they?

So you are saying I think slavery is all right? You're a jerk. End of discussion. Back on ignore.

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15 minutes ago, XavierOnassis said:

So slavery was all right?  Madison was a Democrat, by the way. The oppositions became Whigs, and many of them owned slaves as well. There is little similarity between the political parties of the early 1800's and now. But rights are rights.

Slaves do not have the protection of the Bill of Rights, do they?

Remember Abraham Lincoln? Republican... And the current Republican President has done more for the African community than than the Democrats have done in the  last 50 years!

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42 minutes ago, rick55 said:

Father of the US Constitution and fourth President of the United States, James Madison said, 

Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.

 

In our Constitutional Republic, one man's rights stand against the rest of the entire country. Would the left really want the majority to negate individuals' rights?

 

I see why you want Trump to be a dictator.

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8 hours ago, leftwinger said:

 

Republic is a Democracy.

 

Read the article.  It proves you wrong.

 

8 hours ago, leftwinger said:

It is very telling that authoritarians hate democracy and want an elite class to rule in a republic.

 

It is very telling that those who support the destruction of the Republic would twist truth to undermine it by trying to turn it into a democracy.... and claim that the protection of liberty is somehow "authoritarian".

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2 minutes ago, Spartan said:

It is very telling that those who support the destruction of the Republic would twist truth to undermine it by trying to turn it into a democracy.... and claim that the protection of liberty is somehow "authoritarian".

 

Where did I say anything about destroying your precious republic?

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11 minutes ago, leftwinger said:

 

I read a lot of political theory. You're lost.

 

Spare me.  If you were so well-educated you wouldn't be so ignorant.

 

11 minutes ago, leftwinger said:

 

Where did I say anything about destroying your precious republic?

 

We're not meant to be a democracy.  Stop trying to corrupt it into one.

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