Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today

I am in morning. Morning our Great Nation. Pray that we are still standing as a sovereign Republic once this travesty has ended. Yes I said Republic. We are not and have never been a Democracy.

Republic:
A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them.
Lest he forget, he was voted in by the above citizens. His job now is to do the will of those people, not his will. He has sworn to uphold the constitution of the United States. Stay alert, dear Americans, the ride has just begun.

James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay articulated this conception of a republic in their 1788 essays that were later compiled as The Federalist Papers. These essays, intended to support the ratification of the federal Constitution in New York, distinguished a republic from a pure democracy, describing the latter as "a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person." In the context of The Federalist Papers, a republic differed from a pure democracy only in that it was "a government in which the scheme of representation takes place." According to this interpretation, a republic was a representative democracy. As Madison pointed out, the representative principle militates against the irresponsible exercise of majority power, for it makes a large republic possible, and it is difficult in a large republic for any faction to become a majority. According to these authors, a large republic would foster the formation of many factions, and this sheer multiplicity of interests in turn would create shifting coalitions, which would hinder the formation of an oppressive or irresponsible majority. Furthermore, because of the checks and balances and separation of powers between different branches and levels of government, any upstart tyrannical faction would encounter many legal and institutional roadblocks. (We Pray)

3 comments:

Therese said...

I couldn't agree more! Great post!

Karen said...

Well said...

If I had been able to vote, he would not have been my choisce.

Now that he is the 44th President, my prayers are that he will be guided down the right path and that things do not become worse.

I cringe for America if he fails, because I think, with all the media hoopla, the ramifications could be great.

My sense is telling me that there will be interesting times ahead...sadly :-(

Homestay Mama said...

Dear Gramma2Many,

You are so right on!

Did you notice on the news this morning how excited people were? They were acting as though their 'savior' would single-handedly restore their 401K losses, rescue their foreclosed homes and bring home the troops--tomorrow!

I felt like yelling at the TV, "He's not God, people! He's only a man!"...and a very nervous one at that! He really bungled his oath this morning! Now if that had been Bush...

The daily newspaper also said one of Obama's first acts as president will be to repeal the abortion aid policy (to allow our federal money to go to international family planning groups that counsel women on abortion, and/or actually perform the procedure)!

Next Obama will lift the restrictions on federally funded stem-cell research.

There was more, but here's the clincher: next month Obama will convene a 'fiscal responsibility summit' to discuss the spiraling growth of Medicare and Social Security. The likely solution? A combination of tax increases and benefit cuts! Get ready to be kicked in the gut, Baby Boomers!

Sorry, Gramma2Many. I didn't mean to hijack your post. I'll get off my soap box now!

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