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Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 9/10/12: The U.S. is a Republic, NOT a Democracy!

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Up North!

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

Does anyone know

if Dr. Paul will still do his Tx. straight talk weekly once he retires? I hope so.

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Question - anyone

I was just having a conversation with someone at work...
Did the founding fathers say in the constitution that we are supposed to be a republic? I say yes, she says it says we are supposed to be a democracy. Which is it?

We are a constitutional

We are supposed to be a constitutional republic with democratically elected representatives.

End The Fed!
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Mitt's Weak on ObamaCare Repeal. Notice Paul still is STRONG

...some of Dr. Paul's anti-war supporters (not all by any stretch, but those who support him primarily for that) aren't as big on health care reform. Dr. Paul has never waffled.

He's practiced medicine when it was relatively free, and he's seen the difference.

Loading up shall-carry requirements on insurance will raise cost and lower quality, yet in The Washington Post, Mitt is quoted as saying:

Two [of the exceptions to his repeal commitment] is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their — their family up to whatever age they might like.

Whatever age they might like??? So, how about insurance has to cover all kids 'til they're 55, then they go straight on to an expanded Medicare? (Extending Medicare to 55-65 was discussed at one point years ago.) How's that? Maybe they LIKEY that, so they get it, right?

Meanwhile, if insurance policies MUST offer that, and MUST cover pre-existing conditions, then you can't pool low-risk people. RESULT: Insurance is contorted into a wealth transfer system.

Hey MITT: YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT! So, why are you defending that?!

LOL. It is an oligarchy!

All government is an oligarchy.

"Show me the government that does not infringe upon anyone's rights, and I will no longer call myself an anarchist." ~Jacob Halbrooks

Sounds Good!

His voice sounds a bit energetic on this one. He sounded a bit tired on some of the others.

Mind you, if I campaigned like he did, travelling, etc. I would not have had the wits about me to even write a weekly message to educate my constituents!

Love hearing from Doc Paul!

Back to Basics

Dr Paul still calling out the 16 trillion pound elephant in the room, while everybody else just keeps feedin' it the lies that keep it fat.

Best Texas Straight Talk

Best Texas Straight Talk ever.

However if the Constitution is not authentic

then there is no Republic. The present Constitution is, according to some, a corporate Constitution that gives supreme power to the Board and the CEO. i.e. The President and the Cabinet running the Administration of the United States Corporation (USC). It replaced the original Constitution in 1871.

This corporate entity running the States occupies Washington, the District of Columbia and owns about 50% of the land surface of America which it has purchased slowly over the past one hundred years. This is far from the original intent of the founders and their idea of what the Federal government should be and what it should own.

In 1933 FDR introduced the National Industrial Recovery Act. Included in that Act was language from the Trading with the Enemy Act (1917 Amended) that identified the People of America as the Enemy. This then enabled the USC to label the People's gold as "booty" and sequestrate it. This gold was given to the foreign banking interests that own the Federal Reserve System. FDR immediately repriced to $35 an ounce from $20 an ounce giving the bankers a 75% profit at the expense of the American People.

This Act and others during the FDR years has resulted in the President and his Administration governing largely by decree while using the Congress to pass legislation ex post facto to legalise their actions and provide fig leaf cover for them.

This Law is known as the Law of the Sea or Mercantile Law or the Uniform Commercial Code. It is the only way that the present system can be run without protest from the People and why all attempts to challenge the authorities have been unsuccessful.

In my opinion, which is admittedly not an expert opinion, this issue is the elephant in the room because except in very rare circumstances it is never mentioned. Yet it is at least as important as the issue of the Federal Reserve System and goes hand in hand with it. It is the means whereby the oligarchy exercise their power through the courts and regulatory agencies of the Federal government.

It is why any challenge on Constitutional grounds will always fail in the last resort even as the challenge to the Individual Mandate feature of Obamacare has failed. That measure is obviously unConstitutional when considered in the light of the original Constitution for the united States. But it is not in violation of the Constitution of the United States which grants the Presidency and the Administration almost dictatorial powers as has been seen more and more blatantly over the past ten years.

Until this issue is dealt with I can see little prospect of improvement in the governance of the United States. It was my hope that when Ron Paul was elected President that he would actually reveal the existence of the original de jure Constitution, bring it into the open and remove the current Constitution from use entirely consigning it to the round file. This would immediately rid the country of the 14th. 16th. and 17th. Amendments to name but three that have strangled the Republic in the past century and a half.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

Quotes on democracy

Since Woodrow Wilson started the trend in WWI,
treasonous politicians and media pundits
have incessantly referred to our country as a "democracy",
when it is in fact a Constitutional Republic
(the history of this dangerous lie).
Under our Republic, the individual has inalienable rights,
whereas under a democracy (a fancy word for mob rule),
we have only privileges subject to the whim of the majority
(like 3 wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner).

The dominant waste-stream media heavily promotes this lie,
since under a democracy, those who control the information
presented to the majority, in effect control the country
While the majority may technically be in control,
their actions are based upon their perceptions.
And these perceptions are controlled by the dominant media.
This is sometimes termed "rule by publicity".

Socialist and fascist politicians also love this lie,
as it allows them to invoke the supposed "will of the people"
as they assault the persons and/or property of those they swore to "serve",
and the very document they swore to defend (the Constitution).

Also consider that majority-rule is completely contrary to the notion of individual liberty.
And as history has repeatedly shown us, majorities are prone to impose
brutal cruelties upon unpopular/innocent minorities
(such as Roman Christians, American Blacks, and German Jews).

So when you hear a politically-educated person refer to our country
as a "democracy" (or speak of democracy in a positive light),
you know you are listening to a liar with an agenda at odds with liberty
and the Constitution.


A government of the masses.
Authority 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 majority shall regulate.
Whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion,
prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.
Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.


Authority is derived through the 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.
Is the 'standard form' of government throughout the world.
A Republic is a form of government under a constitution which provides
for the election of (1) an executive and (2) a legislative body who,
working together in representative capacity, have all the power of
appointment, all power of legislation, all power to raise revenue and
appropriate expenditures and are required to create (3) a judiciary to
pass upon the justice and legality of their governmental acts and to
recognize (4) certain inherent unalienable rights.
Take away any one of those four elements and you are drifting into democracy."


"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government."
U.S. Constitution (Article IV, Section 4)

"Remember, Democracy never lasts long.
It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself !
There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide."

"We are a Republican Government.
Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy."

"It had been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable
would be the most perfect government.
Experience has proved that no position is more false than this.
The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated
never possessed one good feature of government.
Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity."

"From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure
democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of
citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can
admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or
interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the
whole; a communication and concert result from the form of
government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to
sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is
that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and
contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal
security or the rights of property; and have in general been as
short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.
Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of
government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a
perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same
time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions,
their opinions, and their passions."
JAMES MADISON (The Federalist No. 10)

"On a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence,
violence, and abuse of power, by the majority trampling on the rights
of the minority, have produced factions and commotions, which, in republics,
have, more frequently than any other cause, produced despotism."

"Between a balanced republic and a democracy,
the difference is like that between order and chaos."
JOHN MARSHALL (Chief Justice of Supreme Court - 1801-1835)

"It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law.
This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny."

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote
themselves largess from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates
promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with
the result that a democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy,
always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

These nations have progressed through the following sequence:

      From bondage to spiritual faith,

      from spiritual faith to great courage,

      from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance,

      from abundance to selfishness,

      from selfishness to complacency,

      from complacency to apathy,

      from apathy to dependency,

      and from dependency back into bondage."

ALEXANDER FRAZIER TYLER (18th century Scottish historian)

"Aristotle observes that 'a democracy has many striking points of resemblance with a tyranny'.
Of this I am certain, that in a democracy the majority of the citizens is
capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority whenever
strong divisions prevail in that kind of polity, as they often must;
and that oppression of the minority will extend to far greater numbers and
will be carried on with much greater fury than can almost ever be apprehended
from the dominion of a single scepter."

"If ever the free institutions of America are destroyed,
that event will arise from the unlimited tyranny of the majority."

"The genius of modern democracy is that it makes the citizen a party to his own enslavement.
Rather than give up 10% of his output to his feudal lord and master,
he gives up 30% to 50% to his democratically-elected bosses.
They tell him what to do.
And he believes he is giving the orders!
And then, he believes he has discovered the best form of government in the world.
It is so good he can’t wait to force others to be democrats too.

"Democracy passes into despotism."

"100 people is a mob. A million people is a 'democracy'."

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."

"The will of a majority is the will of a rabble.
Progressive democracy is incompatible with liberty."

"The tyranny of a principal in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the
public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy."

"... the Bill of Rights does not come from the people and is not subject to change by majorities.
It comes from the nature of things.
It declares the inalienable rights of man not only against all
government but also against the people collectively."

"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote;
a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority;
the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities
(and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)."

"The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime,
abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest,
breaks up the foundations of society.
In America, it is indispensable that every well wisher of true liberty
should understand that acts of tyranny can only proceed from the publick.
The publick, then, is to be watched in this country,
as in other countries, kings and aristocrats are to be watched."

"It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with
the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority.
Truth does not change because it is, or is not,
believed by a majority of the people."

"Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform."

"When plunder has become a way of life for a group of people living together in society,
they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it,
and a moral code that glorifies it."

"The reign of an intolerant spirit of party amongst a free people
seldom fails to result in a dangerous accession to the Executive
power introduced and established amidst unusual professions of
devotion to democracy. ... This is the old trick of those who would
usurp the government of their country. In the name of democracy
they speak, warning the people against the influence of wealth
and the danger of aristocracy."

"Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people."

"The mistake is one which was exposed in advance by Montesquieu:
'As it is a feature of democracies that to all appearance the people does almost exactly as it wishes,
men have supposed that democratic governments were the abiding-place of liberty:
they confused the power of the people with the liberty of the people.'
This confusion of thought is at the root of modern despotism."
Bertrand de Jouvenel ("On Power").

"The most popular man under a democracy is not the most democratic man, but the most despotic man.
The common folk delight in the exactions of such a man.
They like him to boss them.
Their natural gait is the goosestep."

"Democracy, which began by liberating men politically,
has developed a dangerous tendency to enslave him through the
tyranny of majorities and the deadly power of their opinion."

"Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what it is you want to hear."

"Democracy and liberty are not the same.
Democracy is little more than mob rule,
while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual."

"All democracies turn into dictatorships - but not by coup.

The people give their democracy to a dictator,
whether it's Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolph Hitler."


"At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to
democracy, as means and end. We are activists committed
not only to extending political democracy but to demanding
democratic empowerment in the economy, in gender relations,
and in culture. Democracy is not simply one of our political
values but our means of restructuring society.

"If we have majority rule, why can't we get more gun control laws passed ?"

Ron Paul (and the Framers) on the evils of democracy

Great comment

Thanks for the quotes!

After his term is over

Ron Paul should be a regular contributor to the DailyPaul

HEY - That's a NICE PHOTO of Dr. Paul. Maybe it would...

...look GOOD on the front page of the DailyPaul!

A capital idea don't you think?

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Beauty Idea. Continuing Dr. Paul with Quality posts like this

while remembering it's the message, not just the man, we're trying to promote.

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He is right..

I believe he is right...


mob rule is dangerous.


It's not entirely true to say we aren't a democracy in theory. In the purest legal sense, yes we aren't, but in the academic sense, democracy doesn't simply mean rule by the majority anymore. The word democracy is an ambiguous and contentious term in academia. Some scholars define it precisely as the Good Doctor has described a republic here. Further, we still do live by majority control. The constitution can be amended by a virtual 75% of the people through their representatives; thereby changing, e.g., Article 1 Section 8, with an amendment by a super-majority.

"A true competitor wants their opponent at their best." Lao Tzu

that's why we're a democratic

that's why we're a democratic republic.

I prefer constitutional

I prefer constitutional democratic republic, because republic itself doesn't necessarily confirm the existence of a constitution or "rule by law." Either way, this is really just an issue of linguistics, but democracy doesn't just mean majority rule in the modern academic sense; it did in the founder's day though.

"A true competitor wants their opponent at their best." Lao Tzu

A representative Republic

If we can keep it!

If the Straight Talks are still on the top of the page

Why isn't The image of Dr. Paul? Or is the Silver Cycle the new one?

If a New image is needed just for having a symbol on the top, I could make one

"Truth is Treason in an Empire that lies" - Ron Paul

Educate the masses, and win in the end.

This Should be Taught in Our Schools

Our school system should be teaching this, but then it would not fit in with the deliberate dumbing down of America. In retirement, Dr. Paul should consider writing textbooks for the schools.

This is a great video on the subject of Republic vs. Democracy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW6AKVyi6As

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." Voltaire

Excellent documentary by JBS


Great link.


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I'm All Over This!!

The modern day Thomas Jefferson...An education you will not get in the public schools..

Dr. Paul school get credentialed to teach online and on the internet..

What a following he has and can increase his support for the youngins get near voting age..

"Never let it be said that we did nothing, that no one cared." ~ Ron Paul

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$136M!: Ron Paul is really letting it fly in this straight talk.

Good! What a waste of tax payer dollars spent on these conventions.
"At these conventions, leaders pretended to determine who they wish to govern the nation.."

Pretended is right!


The public is generally ignorant on that point. In colleges, they are now teaching that we were and are a "representavie democracy" which of course it not true.

This goes good with my

This goes good with my frontpage post on we need to organize as Republicans.

We need to keep on going as if the election never stopped. They won't expect us to act just as political as ever - they use the 4 year cycle to hope most of us shut up. What if we acted like the election isn't over and didn't shut up, but kept on organizing?

We can use it to generate precinct captains and delegates, but we don't need to be so limited - we can use it for ballot access for other candidates on third parties, run in both political parties, and use it as our ancestors did for anything. We should do it just because its the right thing to do, and people need to know how to organize themselves on Republican principles.

Did our founding fathers ask the King if they could hold meetings and organize? NO.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

its a never ending cycle

its a never ending cycle anyhow. there will always be potential tyrants wherever there is freedom. so we lost one battle, we are all still alive and this war was going to last the rest of our lives anyhow.

I noticed how you were right on target!

I was just thinking. Do you suppose that Dr. Paul would rather have his picture as a fixture on this site, or if he would rather be one of the folks here. As he is every week with his updates.

Kudos Max K. We need to push the republican form of government and its proper role under the law.

Free includes debt-free!