It seems our society has misrepresented and outright forgotten some very basic principles of our history, and none is more apparent than the most basic of our founding principles: that which our entire nation was founded upon.
As the greatest social experiment known to the history of man, The United States of America was created as a true beacon of freedom and certain inalienable rights for all the world to see, yet it seems like a misconception of that very purpose has been taught to the people through various media outlets, buzz words and disinformation.
I have heard time and time again people claiming that something in the United States of America is done a certain way or operates in a certain way because we live in a democracy. This is not true, in that we actually live in a Republic, and the very definition of a Republic versus a democracy is what separates us from the rest of the world, although some would rather you not know or understand that basic fact.
So what exactly is the difference between a Republic and a democracy? There are multiple differences between the two, but a few which I see as the most important, and which are not surprisingly the most violated of late.
As a conservative, the most fundamental key of a Republic is the limit set on government by law. In a Republic those limits are set by a charter, or Constitution, which sets out certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away, even by elected officials.
A democracy views the rights of the people as a group, meaning they impose the will of the majority over the rights of a minority or individual. The Republic, on the other hand, views rights as granted to the individual, meaning the majority cannot take away certain inalienable rights.
While many people mistakenly believe that we live in a democracy and the government has power to create laws, take away and give rights as long as the majority of the electorate supports it, they are dreadfully wrong.
When you hear the media and the left skewer “constitutionalists” and talk about repealing or changing that document, they are both misguided and ignorant of what this country was actually founded upon, or worse, diabolical individuals who know exactly what treasonous acts they are suggesting.
This is why the oath which every one of our men and women entering the military swears to uphold and defend the Constitution, not the politicians or majority. By swearing to uphold the Constitution we swear to uphold the very foundation and bedrock of this country: the inalienable rights of the individual, not the majority.
And while there is a vocal minority and many politicians who would like to chip away at our foundation by doing away with the document which founded us and those principles which guide us, this is why the words to the Pledge of Allegiance speak to those very fundamentals:
“I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of The United States of America,
and to The Republic, for which it stands,
one Nation, under God, indivisible, with Liberty, and Justice for all.”