“If You Care About Democracy…” began a recent article in a popular libertarian-oriented e-zine. Maybe for Debating Clubs, the piece may have been of practical interest, but the writer lost me at “democracy”. Must readers of popular political publications – especially leaning Libertarian – be disabused that America is a “democracy”? Knowing their destructive history, democracies should have freedom-loving individuals celebrating the popular political screech “attacks on our Democracy!” America was supposed to be “…a Republic –if you can keep it.” – Ben Franklin. Remember?
Since Ben’s off-the-cuff remark in Philadelphia that day, many of the (allegedly) learned set have parsed his comment to mean a “Constitutionally-limited Republic” or similar. Regardless, “Democracy” remains an insidious verbal infection that many in Congress, the Media, and teachers in government training camps use to continue misleading the entire country. As in every election year, we are hearing redundant re-runs about “restoring our Democracy” harrumphing on every evening newscast.
For those who napped through class, Merriam Webster defines democracy as, “government by the people especially: rule of the majority; 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.”
In their wettest of dreams, politicians fantasize you actually believe this is the system of American government. In fact, “Democracy” is one of the best “Look! Squirrel!” distractions of our time.
While political aspersions are important, the focus must be on the immoral willingness of those elected to power to ignore the lofty principles baked into the Constitution, incorporated in their Oath of Office, and secured by the Rule of Law. Instead, they egregiously administer their office for personal and political aggrandizement (see: ‘re-election’, ‘fringe benefits’ and ‘power’) at the expense of citizens who elected them and pay taxes that provide their indulgences.
Intelligent scribblers at publications championing freedom – as well as the few capable of rational thought who populate the Media – would be of great service to fellow citizens, if they would use their commanding platforms and microphones to inform – and warn – of the greatest danger to their immediate future: corrupt government.
“Emergency powers”, executive orders tariffs, deficit spending, obscene taxes, spending, regulations, and waste, are nothing when entire agencies of Government have become weaponized by ‘public officials’ against citizens and despoiling the Rule of Law. Government has failed its very reason to exist: to secure natural rights and protect the country.
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Had Government been faithful to its mission, wordy articles debating the debilitating aspects of “Emergency Powers” would never be written.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Until the preponderance of citizens understands this – and quickly – we are all living in Lord Acton’s nightmare. ‘Emergency powers’ will be a flaccid response in the face of the consequences awaiting us.
By Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is a nationally ignored talk show host and occasional un-indicted co-contributor. He recently released his fourth book, “50 Stories; 50 Years in Radio”, now busily scribbling an unlikely screenplay for Book #3. With his spare hour, he is focused on splitting the atom and pursuing the ever-elusive Whirled Peas, all from his technically challenged studios on the formerly pristine shores of the Great Unnamed Lake, allegedly in the Southeast. Brian is also a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative.
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