Freedom and Democracy Cannot Coexist



By Don Jans

That we were founded as a Democracy is a myth the left has been selling for over a century. The United States was founded as a Republic. All aspiring despots need a democracy to gain power and this is why the left has been touting democracy. The left despises freedom. Yes, you who vote for Democrats today are voting against freedom. I know you think this is an outlandish statement, but sadly it is true.

A democracy operates on the core principle, as does every dictatorship, that what I say is the law of the land because I have the power. Democracy and dictatorship believe that might makes right.

That the founders understood the fallacy of this argument and knew that attitude cannot and will not foster freedom is why they said the “United States of America will not be a democracy, but it will be a Republic.”

Furthermore, the founders said not only will we be a Republic, but we will be a Constitutional Republic. In other words, the founders doubled down on their core belief that individualism is the path that leads to freedom, to independence, and to greatness. They put it in writing.

They rejected the ideology of collectivism, which dominates the Democrat party of today. Remember, individualism is the belief that we are all individuals with different dreams and desires and that all individuals must be respected and allowed to pursue their dreams and live as free from the demands and constraints of government as possible so long as they are not violating the rights and dreams of others. Collectivism is the belief that the individual must always subjugate their dreams and desires to the demands of those in power, or government, for what they are told is the good of the state, community, or collective.

Being individualists, the founders wanted to establish a framework that promoted this belief that the individual being free of the demands of bureaucrats, technocrats, and experts, could build the most free, prosperous, and morally sound society because as they strove to better themselves, the net result is a better society for all. The founders were achievers and doers and knew that when people reach for the stars it builds a staircase that makes it possible for others to climb higher as well. They understood that when government places a cap on the stairway, for the good of all we are told, the net result is that the cap on the stairway goes lower and lower and all of society descends with it. My phrase for this concept is nobody can push a string up a hill, but all can pull the string up the hill.

The founders understood that to have a free and individualist society rights, and liberties must be protected for all. They knew when the majority was able to restrict the free practice of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly, or restrict due process of law for one, the few, the many, or for all, the society was no longer free but was now under the dictatorship rule of the many. We became a Constitutional Republic when these same founders understood the necessity of having these restrictions on the majority in writing and not just verbal. The founders also understood that people are created differently, they have different beliefs, goals, and desires, and these different people could only be forced to be alike when that conformity was forced upon them by the ruthless supremacy of a tyrannical government.

The founders were very much aware that to maintain freedom and independence, the people must remain committed to these principles and must be a moral people. We were told by these same great thinkers that we will know if we have remained a moral people by those we elect to office because those we elect to office reflect our beliefs and our character. If you want to know if we have remained a moral people, all you have to do is look at the morals and character of those in the congress and you will have your answer.

Today’s Democrat party champions democracy or dictatorship and denies individualism. The Democrat Party is telling us that the majority has the right to control how, where, and when we worship God. They are telling us that how we speak, or think is only acceptable so long as it conforms to their belief system. They are telling us that our right to assemble or the strict application of due process as law can be applied differently to different people depending on if their individual beliefs conform to the collectivist ideology.

Karl Marx stated that to bring about the transformation desired by the Democrat party or collectivist movement in the United States, “we must abolish all long-standing principles, all religion, and all morality.” The result of this action would be that society would then be controlled by the “Dictatorship of the Proletariat” as it was transforming to the utopia of a communist society.

This is exactly what the Democrat party is advocating. They are stating that we must forsake the longstanding principles of our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The Democrats are telling us that they have the right to establish Secularism as our national religion and all other religions must bend to the knee to Secularism. And the Democrats are insisting that we abolish any and all elements of morality or even attempts to remain a moral society. We have seen this exhibited most recently when the Democrats have openly scoffed at an open and honest election and then refused any facsimile of transparency.

So long as our country accepts democracy and acts like a democracy, our freedom will continue to erode. We must, if we are to be free, understand that conformity is only attained under a despotic tyrant, that freedoms and rights must be protected at all costs including accepting the risks of flu like illnesses, that we must insist on a moral society by being a moral individual, and that we must be tolerant and acceptant of individual differences while protecting the rights of all.

Those of us who believe in individualism, freedom, rights, and liberties, must never lose hope, we must never accept collectivism as inevitable, and must always remember that just as God promised that he would always have a remanent, so freedom and liberty will always have a remanent. Those of us who are part of that remanent must understand the great responsibility with which we are charged; we must never cease to put forth the effort to grow the remanent.

For these individuals, that means that we must always be about “Setting Brushfires of Freedom”. We must understand that these brushfires are set not only by the words we speak, but also by the lives we live which are the examples we set for all including our family, our friends, our associates, and yes even Democrats.


The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.

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. Visit his website:

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Mike Smith

‘Democracy’ feels good until all the food runs out.


To be honest the extent to which the USA uses democratic processes is pretty bizarre. In most countries positions of sheriff and dog catcher are given to the most suitable applicants rather than via a popularity contest. Of course if the position of President was given to the most suitable applicant Trump would have been culled in the first round.


Says the guy who probably voted for Sanders in the primary and Commies Biden/Haris in the general election.