Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Words Matter

Definition of REPUBLIC

(1) : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president (2) :a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government(1) : 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 governing according to law (2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government

Definition of DEMOCRACY

a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

The difference is the path of power. Democracy is legalized mob rule, easily becoming the tyranny of the majority over all others. If 2 sheep and 3 wolves are in a room, and the wolves vote that it is dinner time, the sheep are doomed by their democracy.

Enter the Republic. A representative government, where the powers of the governed are routinely placed in the hands of chosen representatives. The rights of the governed at protected by what is intended to be inviolate law. Rights protected from both the individuals in society, and the massed powers arrayed against those rights from the government, corporations, religious organizations, unions, and all other tawdry forms of human convocation.

In a republic, we have rights.
In a democracy, we must have the mob to have our rights. 

Barrak Obama, 2011:
"And yet, as contentious and frustrating and messy as our democracy can sometimes be, I know there isn't a person here who would trade places with any other nation on Earth."

Words matter, can we please call our country what it is?

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