LETTER: Why Democracy Is Not Enough


There is no single definition of democracy. The word democracy does not appear in the Declaration of Independence or in the Constitution of the United States.

So do we have a democracy? Mark Hendrickson, an economist, describes America as an “essentially democratic, rights-based constitutional republic.”

Thank goodness we have more than a democracy. Even Aristotle was not a fan of democracy, which usually boils down to the idea that the majority rule.

Sounds fair to me, you say? Think about it. If the majority of your community were allowed to do what the majority decided to do, then all of the non-bike owners that outnumber the bike owners in your community might just decide that you should let them use your bikes for everything. in the summer, while you own them in the winter, and there is nothing you can do about it.

In order not to fall into oppression, your property rights must be protected from the majority.

Fortunately, our Founding Fathers had done their homework and studied ancient Greece and the French Revolution to know that a citizen’s greatest danger to their individual rights and freedoms comes from government, no matter how freely elected they are. They understood that all the rules for governing a free country should include many checks on the power the government has over its citizens. Thus, the Bill of Rights was born.

In case you need a review of your civic education course, the rights protected in the Bill of Rights are not “rights” granted to you by the government, such as housing, health care. or education. True individual rights are inalienable (“cannot be withdrawn or assigned by the possessor”) and belong to each individual.

It is not the government that grants us the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the rights to freedom of speech, assembly and religion.

Certainly, it took a long time for our nation to achieve equality in human rights. Equality before the law guarantees equal opportunities for all, which our country is proud to offer to all its citizens since the end of slavery in 1861 and the securing of the law on civil rights in 1964.

Nowhere else in the world can people of all colors live so peacefully with each other as each pursues their dreams, and ascends to fame and fortune if they so desire.

Don’t fall for the Communist slogan. Democracy in the communist sense simply means that the tyrannical majority does whatever it wants to you. Equality in the communist sense simply means trying to make everyone equal despite their individual efforts or lack thereof, which can only be achieved by treating people unequally.

Defend the Republic, so that we can keep it, or we will fall in love with the Communists, and with it will fall our nation.