This is the musings of an Ole’ Biker from Alvin, Texas. A word of the wise, they are my opinions. Comment at your own risk 😉
Celebrating Independence Day in a republic, but what are we celebrating?
Today, everywhere you turn, you hear the word Democracy. Folks, we are not a Democracy, we are a Constitutional Republic. I hope to explain to the readers a little about our government and what it is supposed to be rather than what we have today. I hope you take the time to read and understand this as we try and restore our Country.
We are not a Democracy, So get that word out of your heads. We are a Constitutional Republic and for a good reason.
The purpose of a Constitutional Republic is to ensure that government is not tossed to and fro by the ideologies of political theories. The Constitutional Republic was designed to provide that the government operated by the rule of law, within the confines of the Constitution, not by the whim of politics.
Government is not to be based upon political theories but on the powers and purposes as delegated and designed by the Constitution. The very design of the Constitutional Republic was to prevent the government from operating on political theory, as the designers of the Constitution believed political factions to be destructive to Liberty.
Here is what George Washington said about operating the government based upon political theories rather than the limited confines of the Constitution:
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.”
If America runs it’s government by exchanging or substituting it’s Constitution with political philosophy; then it’s true operating philosophy is lawlessness. If we are to operate by political theories, we must then void out the Constitution or accept that we are lawless and only driven by the ever-changing whim and pendulum of political factions. Making America no different than a third world banana republic.
The driving philosophy of the creation of our Republic declared in the Declaration of Independence;
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
It is these self-evident Rights that requires the government to be limited and defined by the Constitution to ensure their preservation.
The purpose of our Constitutional Republic, as stated in the preamble of the Constitution, is to preserve the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. Samuel Adams articulated the Most on point and shared the opinion of the designers of our Constitutional Republic
“No people will tamely surrender their Liberty nor be easily subdued when knowledge is diffused, and virtue is preserved. On the contrary, when a people become universally ignorant and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders.”
Therefore, since the preservation of Liberty (“Liberty must at all hazards be supported…” John Adams) was the primary focus for the creation of the Constitutional Republic, it would then hold true that knowledge and virtue are the best philosophies for maintaining the limited and defined nature of our Constitutional Republic.
One should also then assert that only the proper knowledge will achieve the desired goal. An example of appropriate knowledge would likely be the understanding of the difference between a Republic and a Democracy. How can someone possible preserve our Republic without knowing that it is a Republic?
So as we celebrate our Independence, Let’s remember what we are celebrating.
But hey everyone knows, I’m just a Dumb ole Biker from Alvin, Texas, What do I know?
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