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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.

"DEMOCRACY:

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.

REPUBLIC:

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."

U.S. ARMY FIELD TRAINING MANUAL TM2000-5 (1928)

"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."
SAMUEL ADAMS

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

"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."
ALEXANDER HAMILTON

"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."
JAMES MADISON

"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."
JAMES FENIMORE COOPER

"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."
EDMUND BURKE

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

"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.
BILL BONNER


"Democracy passes into despotism."
PLATO

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

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

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

"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."
MONTESQUIEU (1748)

"... 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."
WALTER LIPPMANN

"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)."
AYN RAND

"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."
JAMES FENIMORE COOPER

"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."
GIORDANO BRUNO

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

"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."
FREDERIC BASTIAT

"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."
WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON

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

"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."
H. L. MENCKEN

"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."
LUDWIG LEWISOHN

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

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

"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."

GEORGE LUCAS

"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.
DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA

"If we have majority rule, why can't we get more gun control laws passed ?"
BERNIE SHAW (CNN)


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