As John Adams famously noted, “There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
In a democracy, “We the People” are viewed as a group.
A pure democracy is a dictatorship by the majority.
Powers are vested in the people and exercised through representatives chosen by the people.
Republics are bound by charters, which limit the powers of the state.
The purpose of a republican constitution is to secure the individual’s rights—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
They are protected from the majority by the Bill of Rights.
We have only negative rights placed on us by our Constitution. This must be so in order to protect our individual rights.
Positive rights require an action on behalf of another individual.
Public health care and education, along with a minimum or living wage, are all examples of positive rights.
A negative right is the requirement of a non-action.
Negative rights stem from the only fundamental right—the right to life.
All other rights spring from this fundamental right.
It implies freedom from physical compulsion, coercion, or interference by others.
If control over the benefits of his labor has been lost to another—the guarantee that if he earns it, he will keep it, has been lost.
Each has the right to engage in activities to preserve and enhance his life—as long as he refrains from engaging in activities that prevent others from doing the same.
We are free to pursue goals; we are not guaranteed to attain them.
The Electoral College was put in place to protect states’ rights along with those of the individuals residing in them.
Each state’s political autonomy to directly serve its own citizens is enhanced.
A Democracy, by contrast, is only as free as the majority’s understanding and application of the term “freedom.”
He was 81 years old and so infirm that he required assistance—and yet he came, and he signed.
And he wept.
Franklin responded simply:
“A republic, madam. If you can keep it.”
That alone should be worth some tears of thankfulness, for it hasn’t come easy.
With great gifts come great responsibilities and sacrifices have been made by many in defense of this great nation.
On this day, originally created by President George Washington to give thanks for our new Constitution—and our new nation—these states become united.
Our United States.