“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” Thomas Jefferson
September 17th marks Constitution Day – the celebration of the ratification of the Constitution of the United States. It serves as a reminder that America is a constitutional republic, not a democracy. The Constitution protects the rights of the individual against the unlimited rule of the majority which would exist in a democracy. It was created by the Founding Fathers in order to prevent the government from becoming too powerful. It’s difficult to imagine what a truly limited government would look like, as we certainly don’t have that today. With each additional regulation made by the government, with the creation of universal healthcare, minimum wage laws, and the countless other edicts we’re forced to live by, the government grows and our freedom diminishes. But the Constitution still exists, and we can still reach the ideal that the Founding Fathers had in mind when establishing this country.
“We, as Americans, are ultimately left with only two choices. We can ‘keep our Republic,’ as Franklin put it, or we will inevitably end up with an oligarchy, a tyranny of the elite.”
(Quote is from video clip below, which presents a thorough analysis of America’s position on the political spectrum).