Democracy? Just say no

As I've written before, one of the most dangerous ideas prevalent in modern political culture is the widespread glorification of democracy. 1xdf.gifContrary to popular belief, the Founders did not create a democracy; rather they studied the great societies of history and did everything they could to prevent democracy from arising in America. Not surprisingly, most American children are taught the very opposite in school.

The economic system most compatible with democracy is not capitalism, but rather socialism. It is no surprise that those who espouse tax-and-spend policies and redistribution of wealth in other countries call themselves 'social democrats'.

So it is with great surprise to read an opinion piece in a mainstream newspaper that actually gives an accurate portrayal of the Founders' intentions, along with how America has changed slowly from a republic that protected natural rights into a democracy ruled by the mob.

Most people believe the United States is a country created with a democratic form of government. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Founding Fathers were almost as fearful of democracy as they were the monarchies of Europe. [...]

Benjamin Franklin had it right when he said after the Constitutional Convention in 1787 that the delegates to the convention gave the people "a republic, if you can keep it." Unfortunately, we haven't kept it. We have reverted to a kind of democracy feared by the Founders, a centralized power controlled by majority opinion that can be arbitrary, impulsive and frivolous.

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