A Republic, If You Can Keep It
By: Keith Allison
Webster describes a democracy as (1) â€œgovernments in which the people hold the ruling power either directly or through elected representatives; rule by the ruled. (2) A country, state, etc. with such government (3) Majority rule. (4) The principle of equality of rights, opportunity, and treatment, or the practice of this principle. (5) The common people, especially as the wielders of political power.â€ Webster goes on to describe a Republic as: â€œ(1) A state or nation in which the supreme power rests in all the citizens entitled to vote, and is exercised by representatives elected, directly or indirectly, by them and responsible to them. (2) Any group whose members are regarded as having a certain equality or common aims, pursuits, etc. (3) A state or nation with a president as its titular head.
I recall the confusion one of my daughters expressed one evening after returning home from her High School History class at West Valley High School in Yakima, Washington; that confusion was brought about by her instructor telling her class that our form of government is a democracy. I told her that ours is no more of a democracy than North Korea is a Republic because, among other reasons, under a Republic, our government positions have mandated orders of ascendancy from Speaker of the House to Vice President, and Vice President to the Presidency of our nation in case our leaders die (maybe I should have written expire instead of die) in office. I went on to explain that under a Democracy, unlike that of a Republic, the top leaders of nations such as China, North Korea, etc. may appoint their successors such as their own off-spring regardless of their lack of leadership ability. After telling her this, I sensed a bit of fear in her thinking that she would have to confront her instructor with this fact. So, I informed her of Benjamin Franklinâ€™s statement to a citizen when he was asked what kind of government our Founding Fathers had given us; his response was, â€œA Republic, If You Can Keep It.â€ I also told her to think back on the American Pledge of Allegiance where it is stated â€œI pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.â€
Also, for the edification of the plethora of newspaper, magazine and other publishers and editors of politically correct publications who will stick to their illiterate opinions that ours is a democracy, not a Republic, I offer the following information. The United States Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by one Francis Bellamy; and the words under God were added in 1954.
So, there you have it. Any student of American History, and especially the teachers/instructors in our public and/or private schools should be able to comprehend that the United States of America is a REPUBLIC in the true sense of the word; not a democracy where the citizens of the nation are ruled by a less than literate cabal of family members with questionable loyalty to the Republic or personal ethics whose only usurped
authority for ascendancy to the highest office in the land is their family wealth. I realize my utterances and contempt for the so-called political elite will be ignored by many, if not most, of the editors and publishers of our politically corrupt publications who will choose not to publish this article, but so be it. As my readers can see, I am not one to follow politically correct assertions of the liberal media; I am an American citizen who is fed up with the utterances and writings of those who have taken it upon themselves to brain-wash our youth into believing their erroneous versions of American History. By all that is holy, if you are one of those stumbling about with the desire to re-write history, or find you are unable to pass along the truth of this nationâ€™s history to your students, itâ€™s time for you to remove yourself from the teaching profession, and high tail it along to some other country where political truth exists only as the compost of history.
As for our politicians who are historically challenged or would prefer to live in a democracy, itâ€™s time for you to take a hike too. As Iâ€™m sure you are aware, there are numerous other countries strewn about this planet that might welcome your thoughts on the supremacy of any democracy over our Republic. But before you take a hike to your perceived Eden in whichever democracy you choose, please explain to those of us who still believe in our Republic, why so much of humanity flee these asserted ideal democracies for the freedoms of our Republic; God given freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution.