The Constitution, not the President, Congress or even Supreme Court, is supreme. America has a written Constitution because the founders knew the whims of the people were too unpredictable and that political leaders don’t always want what is best. The Constitution is designed so that no individual, even the President of the United States, is above the law. Rule of law protects the people from politicians who will ignore the Constitution to get votes or contributions.
Thomas Jefferson said, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.”
A Democracy is a government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of direct expression results in Mobocracy. America’s founding fathers realized that large democracies throughout history had failed. They realized that while it could be effective for limited numbers, such as a small town, direct democracy on a large scale was dangerous. The people could not know what was best for the nation as a whole, and the interests of one region could overwhelm the interests of another. In response, they set up a Constitutional Republic, where various checks and balances would prevent a “tyranny of the majority.”
A Republic exists when authority is derived through the election, by the people, of public officials best qualified to represent them. Ours is a Constitutional Republic, with all men, including elected officials, subject to the strict limits on federal power contained in the Constitution, the “supreme Law of the Land.” In a Republic, the administration of justice is to be in accordance with fixed principles and established evidence, not the whims of the people or government. It is the standard for successful government throughout the world.
The founders thought this would result in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment and progress. However, they did not anticipate that Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President would all, for decades, ignore the Constitution to hand out popular entitlements.
When Karl Marx said, “Democracy is the road to socialism”, he knew what he was talking about. We need to pay attention to the way President Obama is trying to shape the thinking of America.
Mark Alexander at the Patriot Post reports,
Our editorial team undertook an extensive review of “what the people want” as integrated into rhetoric supporting political agendas, however removed such agendas might be from their constitutional authority. Here is what we found.
Barack Obama is the most frequent offender:
When he was running for president, Obama asserted: “You know I taught constitutional law for 10 years at the University of Chicago, so, um, your next president will actually believe in the Constitution.” In his campaign treatise, The Audacity of Hope, he feigns appreciation for the Constitution: “I confess that there is a fundamental humility to this reading of the Constitution and our democratic process.”
In reality, however, his contempt for our Constitution is unprecedented, and framing his agenda as “what the people want” is a covert assault upon Rule of Law, consistent with his “fundamental transformation” scheme for “change.”
So what will it be America? Will we follow the pied piper/community organizer in chief off the cliff?
Better yet, talk to your friends and remember that the Founders knew what the people wanted and needed. They worked tirelessly to protect those rights from the mob and the politician. John Quincy Adams said,
“The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.”
We must get involved and avoid reaching that tipping point where productivity can no longer keep pace with promises. John Marshall said, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”
The 1789 Project’s goal to inspire a Constitutional Revival through a return to a Constitutional Republic, where politicians are held accountable to the rule of law, not the whims and demands of the people. This is only achievable as YOU spread the word about the Constitution and The 1789 Project to your friends and neighbors.