One More Time: America is a Constitutional Republic — Not a Democracy

Written by William Pauwels on April 4, 2013

Scene_at_the_Signing_of_the_Constitution_of_the_United_StatesThere seems to be ever increasing emphasis on democracy’s desirability as a form of government. The media and politicians keep talking about democratic government both here and abroad as the ideal. And an ignorant population buys into this deception.

Yet America was not founded as a democracy. In fact, democracy is not mentioned in any of the founding documents. America was established as a republic – a representative republic – not as a democracy. It is said the Founding Fathers feared democracy – rule by the mob – the much uninformed or under-informed populace.

Mob rule brings about unbelievable occurrences. Guys are elected with little or no experience or preparation for the task at hand. Certainly the election of Barack Obama is a prime example – when you consider his inexperience and background compared to that of his opponent.

Democracy is leading to the decline of our once great country – as more and more takers vote for more and more politicians who promise more and more free stuff.

The attached short video explains the different forms of government as effectively as any 400 page textbooks. It should be reviewed periodically – and passed on to America’s youngsters and teachers.

Can America survive as a democracy? Probably not. America’s debt is unsustainable. The productivity of our people is in relative decline – as more and more of our people are paid to sit on their behinds. The well-being of any nation is based on the collective productivity of its citizenry. The American work ethic produced American Exceptionalism – which produced the highest standard of living for the greatest number in the history of the world.

That American advantage is now threatened by self-serving career politicians promising more and more stuff to more and more vote-takers.
See the following short video . . . and pass it on . . . especially to your children and their teaches. It is excellent.

Image: Howard Chandler Christy (1873–1952); title: Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States; current location: United States House of Representatives; public domain

William Pauwels
William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.