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    Two Visions of America by Don Jans

    Republic or Democracy



    By Don Jans

    Yes, there is a difference. The difference is the fine line between freedom and tyranny. The purpose of a Republic is to protect rights and liberties for all while a Democracy is by definition a dictatorship. People have been led to believe that because the citizens vote for those who would represent them, they are a democracy. The indoctrination program of the left is largely to blame for this in accurate representation. In all republics, the citizens vote for those they wish to represent them. In earlier democracies especially, the citizens represented themselves when they voted on policy.

    The United States was specifically designed to be a republic. This was a conscious decision by our founders. When Benjamin Franklin was asked what we were designed to be he stated that we were designed to be a Republic, and then qualified it by saying, if you can keep it. We have failed to keep it and this failure has been by design, the design of the left or Democrats. The reason the Democrats set out to transform the United States from a republic to a democracy was best explained by Vladimir Lenin when he stated, “democracy is indispensable to socialism”.

    The United States is a Constitutional Republic. In a republic, the people do vote for those who will represent them in the government. The constitutional part is for two purposes; it specifically limits the power of government and it protects the rights of the citizens in writing and not just understood. Anybody who has taken the time to study the United States Constitution will see both of these conditions explicitly stated. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution specifies the “expressed” or “enumerated” powers of Congress. The Tenth Amendment reinforces that the power of the federal government is limited when it states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

    The concept that the only power the government would have over individual liberties and rights was introduced in the Declaration of Independence when we the people said that our liberties such as the right to life, to liberty, and to the pursuit of happiness are endowed to us by God and not by government. This was reinforced throughout the Constitution and then specific rights were stated in the Bill of Rights. In these amendments it is said that government cannot limit, restrict, or abridge these rights. The Ninth Amendment is the clincher when it says that there are many more tights and liberties that are endowed by God to the people that were not specifically stated, but the unstated also cannot be limited.

    A democracy does not limit the power of government nor does it protect the rights of the individual. In a democracy, government can do whatever the voting majority says it can do. The voting majority can limit or abolish any right such as speech, religion, or assembly for whomever it wishes. We are witnessing both of these situations in the United States today.

    These are reasons why our founders rejected democracy.

    John Adams: “Democracy, will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes, and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure and every one of these will soon mold itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues, and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.”

    Elbridge Gerry: “The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots.”

    George Washington: “It is one of the evils of democratical governments, that the people, not always seeing and frequently misled, must often feel before they can act right; but then evil of this nature seldom fail to work their own cure.”

    James Madison: “Where a majority are united by a common sentiment, and have an opportunity, the rights of the minor party become insecure.”

    Alexander Hamilton: “If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

    And the socialism happens when as Benjamin Franklin said:  “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

    The Democrat party, or the Communist Party of the United States, supports democracy because they want the power of the federal government to be unlimited, they want the government to control all rights and liberties, and they want socialism which they know is the gateway to communism.

    Each of you who are Freedom Loving Americans must understand why our founders were so insistent that we be a republic and why the Democrats are so insistent that we transform to a democracy. You must then be about “Setting Brushfires of Freedom” by discussing, not debating, or arguing, with your family, friends, and acquaintances. Remember, when we are “Setting Brushfires of Freedom” we cannot change the other persons mind, they must do that. We can only plant the seed or set the spark that will get them to think and come to the proper conclusion on their own.

    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
    Mike Smith
    1 year ago

    A Constitutional Republic is NOT a democracy.

    The difference?

    In a Constitutional Republic, the majority rules while respecting the rights of the minority.

    The American revolution did not include a Reign of Terror. There is a reason.

    1 year ago
    Reply to  Mike Smith

    So what are we left with?

    For the last couple decades we’ve seen minority rule without respecting the rights of the majority.

    Apparently we must have let down the Founding Fathers and devolved into an un-“Constitutional Republic”.

    Mike Smith
    Mike Smith
    1 year ago
    Reply to  Edward

    Voluntary oligarchy.

    Yes, We the People have let down the Founding Fathers.

    See below reply to ‘Citizen Reporter’ (7th reply in this thread).

    Michael A....
    Michael A....
    1 year ago

    I saw an interesting map the other day. It illustrated how Los Angeles County has more population than several ‘fly over’ states. This gets the juices flowing for those that wish to impose direct voting and do away with, the Electoral College. Why? Because our Presidential elections could be decided by a few key counties. Very easy to manipulate counties that are choke full of illegal aliens and government toadies
    As we witnessed in the last election, even WITH the Electoral College dark forces were able to manipulate election results. Democracy is a pretty word that appeals to the uninformed, the gullible and the plain old ignorant. California voters? Are you listening?

    Warren Bowman
    Warren Bowman
    1 year ago

    This is nonsense. We live in a democratic republic. Please try to keep up.

    Citizen Reporter
    1 year ago
    Reply to  Warren Bowman

    In theory, yes, but not in practice.

    1 year ago

    List your facts please

    Mike Smith
    Mike Smith
    1 year ago

    The current practice is voluntary oligarchy, bordering on direct democracy (historically a direct pathway to dictatorship).

    When less than half of all registered voters actually vote, and this trend repeats for a generation, that is voluntary oligarchy by definition.

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