Democrats Now Call for Less Democracy

When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
    when the wicked rule, the people groan. – Proverbs 29:2

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I have heard people claim that Jesus would endorse the Republican Party or that He would be a Democrat. Both claims are obviously ridiculous, but the Bible does reveal how God desires a people to live and be governed.  Laws should not be in opposition with God’s person, character, and nature. And those granted positions of authority are to live, judge, and govern righteously.

Liberty, freedom, and justice are all godly principles found in the Bible, but due to our fallen sin nature, total freedom and liberty in a society can only lead to anarchy and lawlessness, which by definition would abolish justice. Creating and then maintaining a righteous self-government is a difficult task. It requires a moral people which practices self-control, obeys the law, and does not trample on the rights of others. American founding father John Adams wrote to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts on 11 October 1798:

“Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken, and so solemnly repeated on that venerable ground, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government.” -  Revolutionary Services and Civil Life of General William Hull (New York, 1848), 265-6.

John Adams clearly understood that we would lose our freedom and prosperity if we as a people ever became immoral and turned away from the God of the Bible. In the United States, all elected officials and judges take an oath of office in which they swear to Almighty God to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States. These days, I wonder how many of them just pay lip service to their sacred oath, since they do not believe in God, morality, absolute truth, keeping their word, upholding the Constitution, or obeying the law.

On September 14, 2011  former White House OMB director and Nancy Pelosi’s CBO director Peter Orszag suggested that the United States government needs to become “less democratic:

“To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.”

Peter Orszag was basically saying that the way to fix the current gridlock in Washington, so that they can continue spending money like a drunken sailor without interference, is to make the federal government less representative of the people. He feels the government needs to silence the opposition “a bit” so that they can get things done. After all, the government obviously knows what it is doing and how to best blow (Sorry, I mean “invest”) the peoples money. But, the most astounding thing about Peter Orszag’s article is that he actually defends his position by quoting John Adams:

In an 1814 letter to John Taylor, John Adams wrote that “there never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” That may read today like an overstatement, but it is certainly true that our democracy finds itself facing a deep challenge.

I am so glad John Adams is not here today to read what Mr. Orszag has written. Mr. Adams would have blown a blood vessel.

While Peter Orszag’s quote of John Adams is correct, that is where the truth ends. The United States of America is NOT (nor has it EVER been) a democracy. I must be crystal clear on this very important point. The term “democracy” which is so often used willy-nilly by the press, academia, and by politicians on both sides of the isle to describe the United States government is extremely incorrect. The definition of “democracy” was purposely altered during the last century by the Hard Left for the same reason words like  “tolerance” and “gay” were. Here is a scholarly, historically accurate, and official definition:

Democracy: A government of the masses. Authority is derived through mass meeting or any other form of direct expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic – negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the people shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation, or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagoguery , license, agitation, discontent, and anarchy. - TRAINING MANUAL: WAR DEPARTMENT, No. 2000-25, WASHINGTON, November 30, 1928.

By definition, democracy is nothing more then a lynch mob. It does not grant, guarantee, or protect equal rights, since there is no law which prevents the majority from trampling on the rights of those in the minority. Democracy is an absolutely terrible form of government and is condemned in the Bible. It is basically described as “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 21:25

Which is also why the word “democracy” is not found in our Constitution. Article 4, Section 4 clearly states we are a republic:

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government,”

Republic: Authority is derived through election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them. Attitude toward property is respect for laws and individual rights, and a sensible economic procedure. Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles, and established evidence, with a strict regard to consequences. A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass. Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy. Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress. – TRAINING MANUAL: WAR DEPARTMENT, No. 2000-25, WASHINGTON, November 30, 1928.

“Democracy” and “Republic” are not synonymous. A republic is a representative government ruled by law (the Constitution). A democracy is a direct government ruled by majority opinion (mob rule). A republic recognizes the inalienable rights of all individuals, while a democracy is only concerned with what the majority wants (the public good).

By quoting John Adams and then saying that the United States is a democracy, Peter Orszag is either ignorant or (more likely) being extremely deceitful. John Adams entire letter is online. Mr. Adams was not explaining how to protect “our” democracy, but rather why the United States was NOT created as a democracy. Mr. Adams understood that historically, simple forms of government such as democracy only lead to a bunch of power hungry elitists getting elected, which ultimately decide that the most certain way to retain their power is to simply silence the opposition (i.e. make democracy less democratic). Which is exactly what Peter Orszag also wants!

The very next sentence in John Adams letter says: “It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty…. democracy is as restless, as ambitious, as warlike and bloody, as aristocracy or monarchy.”

The founding fathers greatly feared democracy, which is why the United States of America was founded as a republic. This term is not to be confused with the Republican Party. Many Republicans in Washington would also rather have a democracy instead of a republic. That is because many of them also want to govern “as they see fit”, rather then be constrained by our Constitution which greatly limits their power.

American foreign policy over the last decade has foolishly been working overtime to build dysfunctional democracies in the Middle East, rather then working  constitutional republics. President Bush helped setup an outstanding example of a democracy in Gaza back in 2005. Remember that? That was when the U.S. pressured Israel to make Gaza a 100% Jewish free zone. Israel complied and evicted some 9,000 Jewish citizens from their own homes, and then bulldozed them to the ground. The Palestinians then elected the Islamic Hamas terrorist group to govern, which has since launched thousands of rockets into populated Israeli civilian centers. The majority in Gaza currently rule “as they see fit”. Palestinian Christians on the other hand, are a minority and have since been ruthlessly persecuted (and many have been killed), because their rights and freedoms are not guaranteed, and in 2008 Hamas (like the Islamic nation of Sudan) even legalized crucifixion as a form of capital punishment. Ahhh… Isn’t democracy wonderful? It is also why all our ongoing nation building in the Middle East is certainly doomed to fail.

One last interesting note, last week North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, who also wrongly proclaims that the United States is a democracy, suggested that the next congressional elections should possibly be suspended for a couple years:

“You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

Naturally, her press team and the mainstream media dutifully lied to the American public to cover her eyebrow raising remarks by insisted that she was “just joking”. But, like Peter Orszag she was being completely serious. What better way to retain power come 2012 then by simply suspending the elections? Brilliant! Then a dictatorship might be in order. But, do not be surprised by all this talk. Because civil wars and ruthless dictatorships have always been the historical legacy of democracy, after democracy, after democracy… dating back almost three thousands years.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!
Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine
And valiant men in mixing strong drink,
Who justify the wicked for a bribe,
And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right! – Isaiah 5:20-23

“Lord forgive us for using our freedom to give power to the wicked, which do not respect You, your righteousness, your ways, or your law.”

Have a blessed day.

Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick posted at 2011-10-2 Category: America