The word “democracy” has its roots in two Greek words — demos (people) and kratia (rule) — thus, rule by the people.
But how is “rule by the people” be implemented? Should government be a direct rule by the people, via simple majority-rule? Or should the people rule indirectly, through their elected representatives? The latter is a republic.
Our Founding Fathers deliberated long and hard on the type of government the newly-independent former-colonies should install. Learned men steeped in knowledge of Western civilization and its great philosophers, the Founders eschewed direct democracy and instead settled on a republic.
The reason has to do with what the Founding Fathers feared most: a direct democracy carries with it the inherent risks of degenerating into a “tyranny of the majority” — of mob rule and demagoguery (cult of personality). They believed that unless the people’s passions were constrained via mediators, direct democracy would descend into a brute majority rule that runs roughshod over the minority who lost the election.
What the Founders feared is now reality in America.
To make our case, here are 3 pieces of evidence:
The first is of Obama, today (Oct. 22), making a speech on global warming, in which he said: “the naysayers, folks who would pretend this [climate change] is not an issue, they’re being marginalized….so we’re gonna have to work on those folks.”
Those “naysayers” are now a majority of Americans, according to the latest poll by the Pew Research Centre for the People & the Press, which finds that the number of people who believe that human activity is causing global warming had fallen to 36%.
The second piece of evidence is Obama, this past Tuesday (Oct. 20), addressing a crowd of supporters at a DNC fundraiser in New York, in which he referred to Americans who disagree with him as “the other side” who “do what they are told.” (H/t beloved GiovanniWorld members Granny and Bob!)
Our third piece of evidence is this:
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee locked Republicans out of the hearing room. Democrats had the locks changed “because they [Republicans] don’t know how to behave,” Chairman Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., told Politico.
What terrible thing did the Republicans do?
Last Thursday, the committee’s Democrats huddled in a back room, denying Republicans the quorum they needed to take action. So GOP staff members secretly set up a video camera outside the committee room, capturing a stream of Democrats leaving through a side door of the very committee room they were scheduled to be in — calling into question Democrats’ claim that a scheduling conflict involving another committee meeting prevented their attendance. Here’s the video:
~Steve and Eowyn