By Don Jans
Every American who believes in individual liberty and freedom, who understands that the Constitution of the United States has as its purpose to limit the power of government and protect the rights of the people, and who believes that the government must be the servant and the people must be the sovereign is aware how we are purposefully being transformed from a republic to a democracy. A democracy is a dictatorship of the majority, or those in power. In a republic the law is the supreme ruler and in a Constitutional Republic that supreme ruler would be the Constitution.
In a constitutional republic, the majority or those in power are limited and restricted by the constitution. In a democracy the majority or those in power have only the limitations or restrictions they impose on themselves.
These differences become more and more evident in the United States every day. The majority or those in power are attempting to prevent specific individuals from being on the ballot in the 2022 election. Article 1 and Section 2 of the Constitution states: “No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty-five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.” The above stated individuals meet these qualifications.
The 14th Amendment Section 3 states: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
The majority or those in power are saying that these individuals, having never been charged nor convicted, have engaged in insurrection and rebellion. They claim this based on these people putting forth what was in January 2021 thought to be an opinion but since has been shown time and time again to be a fact, that the 2020 election was stolen. The majority or those in power are saying, nevertheless, we with the power will apply this section in any manner we wish. We will extend the definition of insurrection and rebellion to include political differences. A conviction is not required. If we were a republic, this would never be allowed, but in a democracy, the majority or those in power have no restrictions and no limitations.
The 1st Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Concerning the freedom of speech, it states no law abridging the freedom of speech. Abridge means to curtail or to limit.
Comrade Obama said during a recent speech that social media companies should censor what “we don’t think are good for society.”
“I think it is reasonable for us as a society to have a debate and then put in place a combination of regulatory measures and industry norms that leave intact the opportunity for these platforms to make money,” Obama continued. “But say to them that there’s certain practices you engage in that we don’t think are good for society.”
The Comrade took to Twitter recently to suggest that censorship is needed to prevent “real challenges” to the Washington, DC, establishment. “In recent years, we’ve seen how quickly disinformation spreads, especially on social media,” he said. “This has created real challenges for our democracy.”
The Comrade is in total disagreement with our Declaration of Independence that states: “That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…” The people must continually challenge the Washington D.C. establishment. That is the essence of protecting the rights of the people and limiting the power of government. The Comrade is correct that free speech is a challenge to democracy. In a democracy, it is the majority or those in power, that would be the Washington D.C. establishment, from dictating what can or cannot be said. Democracy is dictatorship of the majority or those in power. In a democracy, speech can be abridged, must be abridged, so that the majority or those in power can demand conformity and compliance to their dictates.
In a republic, the rights of the people are protected, and the Washington D.C. establishment would be limited and restricted. In our republic, the Constitution is supreme. In a republic, when the Constitution says that congress cannot abridge the peoples right to free speech, it means exactly that.
These are the reasons that our founders gave us a Constitutional Republic and not a democracy. It was their intent to have the people challenge the Washington D.C. establishment, the power of government, and to protect the rights of the people. The transformation from a republic to a democracy must be reversed immediately.
Don Jans is a national acclaimed author and speaker. He is also a lifelong student of history, with a special emphasis on Russian history. His study of Russian history led to 1917 which led to the study of the teachings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Don has written five books on the topic of Collectivism (Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, and Progressivism).
Don has been a guest on numerous nationally and regionally broadcast radio programs. He is a weekly guest on a nationally broadcast radio program where he discusses collectivism and how it is impacting the United States, relating current happenings to the collectivist agenda.
Don has spoken to numerous groups across the nation on the topic of who and what is the United States and who and what is collectivism. The collectivist movement has called for a transformation of the United States. What is critical for all to understand is what is the transformation; what are we now and into what will we be transformed.
Don’s speaking approach is the same as his writing approach, and that is to be direct and straight forward with no regard for the current mandated approach of political correctness.
Samuel Adams said, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” If we are to remain free, we must be about setting brushfires of freedom.
The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.