When Republicans Become Democrats
There are many different ways to define the differences between a republic and a democracy, but at the core is this:
A Republic is ruled by the Law, a Democracy is ruled by the Majority.
That may seem a simple explanation, but it is a core issue. Benjamin Franklin is frequently attributed to this quote and he may not have said it, but I like it:
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
And this brings us to the Republican Party, the Committee on Contests, and the states of Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Oregon. Four of these states are under challenge and are represented by the Ron Paul campaign on one side and the GOP/Team Romney on the other. One is an orphan, and that is Oklahoma. It is represented by non-attorney (that would be "regular people") representatives, and all of their fillings were assembled by non-attorneys (although they were sent to Herb Titus and William Olson of www.lawandfreedom.com for review).
In all cases, all decisions by the Committee on Contests and the RNC went in favor of the Team Romney side, and against the Ron Paul side (and the grassroots activists from Oklahoma). Today, the Credentials Committee of the Republican National Convention - which is a different group than the Republican National Committee - is hearing a final appeal to the Rules. Rules are the Laws an organization is governed by.
If one person has the Rules (or the Law) on their side in a Republic, they should win. All members of the political process - especially Delegates to Conventions - have a duty as citizens, and a duty to those they represent, to stand for the Law (and the Rules).
What do you call a Republican who violates the Rules in favor of the majority?
UPDATE - The State of Maine just had their legally, lawfully elected Delegates and Alternates replaced by the Republican National Committee and the Credentials Committee of the Republican National Convention. So much for the Right of States to select their representation.