The STATE Desires Divisions and We Play Into Its HandsSubmitted by Republicae on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 13:18
I posted this long ago, but it seems that it bears repeating. Our Founders envisioned, although not perfectly, a Republic where the rule of the Majority would be blunted by levels of checks and balances on their power to rule over the Minority, whatever, whoever that Minority happened to be.
Mobs are a nasty thing, especially when they have the power to vote themselves, their morals, their ideology, their interests and their biases into their government. The ability to deprive others of their Rights, their opportunities, their desires is one of the most heinous, odious and wicked powers ever conceived. There are plenty, even here on the DP, who seem to be completely comfortable, even aggressive in their desire to deprive others of their Rights, their equal domain as Citizens equal to their own status, their own ability to live their lives with the same privileges as simply Americans. Until we understand that the Principles of Freedom and Liberty are not restricted to a particular group, a particular religion, a particular color, a particular gender or any other thing, then we will remain a little people without force of issue or argument. We will not gain the support of those we need to make the cause of Liberty a success for they will see our hypocrisy, they will recognize that while we Proclaim Liberty as a Movement there are those within our Movement who would deprive others of the very thing we seek to Proclaim as the Solution to the massive problems faced by this Great Land of ours.
How easy it is to cry Freedom and Liberty from one side of our mouths and yet from the other side we seek to deprive others of the ability to live their lives in the same manner as we ourselves enjoy. It is the most sickening of hypocrisies. Until we understand the purpose of this Republic, until we truly understand the Principles of Freedom and Liberty, then I suppose we will be forced to live under the harsh hand of oppression, but there is not one of us who has the Right, nor should we ever have the power to deny a fellow person their Rights under the guise of Mobocracy, all the while touting ourselves as Defenders of Freedom and Liberty.
"We must all come to understand that as long as anyone depends on their minority status to determine their rights then the majority will only recognize a degree of rights based solely upon a specified set of what the majority considers allowable and therefore, contingent freedoms. In other words, the majority will always restrict the rights of the minority unless the minority can base their rights upon something other than the specific attributes and or definitions of that minority.
The government is not inclined to, nor does it obligate itself to ensure the Rights of any person in this country although it was created to protect the Rights of every individual. It is up to the individual to combatively insist and aggressively pursue his or her Rights before the government. It is People, first and foremost, that form the State Republics through acting on a cooperative and voluntary basis, but with an extreme prejudice toward their Rights. It has been said that the majority opinion is the true ruler; if that is the case then perhaps it is time for us all to become the majority and not base our Rights upon a specific status as a minority. This does not preclude any attributes that a person has who is a member of a minority or their identity, but in the eyes of the majority and therefore the law, a minority is only a minority and will remain as such as long as they base their Rights solely upon their minority status.
The problem with every democracy is that the majority always rule to the exclusion of the minority. The reason the Founders purposed a Republic instead of a democracy was to blunt the force and power of the majority through layers of checks and balances to equal out the playing field. The more democratic a political system becomes the more the majority “lords over” the minority. It is strange that people are all for democracy until it actually rules against them and in a democracy, since the majority always rules, the minority will always suffer under the prejudices of the majority. There is a defined tyranny within a democracy and yet so many clamor for such a system because they feel that it will provide them with more voice while just the opposite is true. In every democracy the government system appeals to the material interests of the majority’s large voting block, in turn the government will then merely placate the minority with a degree of rights and yet never “grant” them the same degree of rights as the majority.
The established elite ruling class, the governing “gentry” fears nothing more than a unified People. As long as sectionalism can be promoted and therefore pseudo-legalized, then this nation will remain divided and that is exactly what the “State” desires: a house divided. Until We take the stance that the only status that is legally meaningful and powerful is that of the Citizen, then We will remain a conquered People subject to the will of majoritarianism and their preferred democratic tyranny. The majorities will always, whether by vote, referendum or even by a form of legal or judicial enforcement, secure their perceived rights over the rights of a defined minority. Majoritarian democracy desires the artificial designation of minorities, it keeps the “majority” holding the reigns of power while providing the minority with a degree of satisfaction based upon their struggle to gain or retain a certain allowance of rights, but such a system will never provide equality because it inherently promotes and maintains social, racial, religious, ethnic or sexual divisions among the People.
The “State” readily supports the idea that a particular class or group requires or is entitled to recognition based upon that class or group or category, because segmentation will continue to allow its decisions to be based upon the majority and keeps the perceived minority, of which ever particular group, in check or within a majority defined scope of “civil rights”. In such a “democratic” system the minority will always yield to the will and power of the majority. The majority will always enact policies which ensure that the minority is not strengthened and will never allow the total empowerment of the minority. The “State” will always seek to breed social divisions in order the restrict minority power or empowerment. The solution therefore, must be found through a very powerful and very different view: that of the Majority of Citizenship.
It is interesting to note that you rarely hear the word Republic, but democracy is tossed out by most politicians and for good reason: a democracy will always protect the majority first and keep any minority under the thumb of the ruling powers. Minorities are not only required, but desired within democratic majoritarian system of government because it will always demand that all minorities yield to the will and allowances of the majority. A Republic is anathema to democratic majoritarianism because it equalizes the power and force of government among all People of the Land when the People press their Sovereignty, based solely upon their Natural Rights of Citizenship, over the “State”."