Thursday, December 13, 2012

Republics and Democracy

So take that look out of here, it doesn't fit you
Because it's happened doesn't mean you've been discarded
--Big Country

Nice observations (as usual) by Rick Santelli. He notes an important difference between a republic and a democracy. In a republic, sovereignty rests with each individual. In a democracy, sovereignty rests with a group.

The US was founded as a republic.

Majority rule (today's chic word is 'mandate') is not compatible with a republic. In an election where the outcome is 99 to 1, the rights of the 'one percent' are still upheld.

Rule of law, not rule of men.

1 comment:

dgeorge12358 said...

Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
~John Adams