Age Old Argument 

I seen, just a few minutes ago, that Condoleezza Rice wrote about our Democracy, which made me laugh. So I asked a liberal friend which do we live under, which the reply was what I expected, one he couldn’t answer, but why? It’s in black and white, literally. 

A Republic has a charter, or constitution, which limits the powers of the state. In a Republic, the people elect representatives to govern the state, but the representatives are still expected to follow the laws created in a charter/constitution. The rights of the minority are protected in a Republic.

A Democracy, is a government by the majority, in which the votes of 50.0000000001% is the ruling force. If a Democracy even has a charter/constitution, it’s not the supreme law of the land. There is no law in a Democracy, except the opinion of the majority. 

In fact, the Founding Fathers were worried the United States would become too Democratic. Benjamin Franklin once said, 

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch

Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence, or the Constitution does it say “Democracy”, but it does say “Republic”.

Even the ancient philosophers understood the problems with Democracy. Plato argued, 

Dictatorship, naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery, out of the most extreme liberty.

With all these differences, why do elected officials still confuse the two? In two years of speeches, Obama referred to the United States as a Republic 3 times. He stressed the values of us as a Democracy, over 300 times.

Obama specified the United States as a Republic here, 

The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace tyranny of a King, with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

Obama recognized difficulties with a Democracy, 

And so democracy is messy and it’s tough, and our system is broken to a large degree. 

But also made these arguments, 

You see, in our democracy, this remarkable system of government, you, the people, give the final say.

This statement is actually false, in the United States,  our charter – the US Constitution – has the final say, because we are a Republic. Understanding the difference between the two is one of utmost importance to understanding one’s rights as a citizen of the United States. 

Don’t Let Them Control You

This is concerning to me, Democrats, and the worldwide Elite, bent on world domination, are actually winning one aspect, all of those, want everyone to live in big cities, they absolutely despise any who live in rural areas, because we can’t be controlled, big cities are basically a metaphorical cow pen, you know where they all are, and you can control when they eat, drink, or sleep.. 

There’s always been then desire for everyone to live in big cities for the purpose of control, but.. it’s a hard sell for everyone, so now they have self-driving cars in big cities only.. now, Uber has said in the next 3 years we’ll have self-driving planes for big cities.. it’s a plot to herd everyone to big cities through enticing with technology, because everyone loves technology and futuristic inventions, and they will only exist in big cities, so it’s like .. “if you want this amazing technology, you have to move, or do without it”, now most our age can’t be enticed that easily, but our younger counterparts can be, and are everyday.

Also, the reason why major cities are so tight on gun control, 99% of major cities, it’s almost impossible to even own a gun, much less carry a gun, something that’s easily enforced in a big city, not so much in rural areas. 

Agenda 21, is a nice reference to it, a UN creation, that, it’s very existence in the United States is illegal, but that’s a story for another day. 

The Forgotten President’s 

Cyrus Griffin (b.1736 – d.1796) Our last President, before the President of the United States, George Washington

Like Peyton Randolph, he was trained in Londons Inner Temple to be a lawyer, and thus was counted among his nation’s legal elite. 

Like so many other Virginians, he was an anti-federalist, the promise of the Bill of Rights as a hedge against the establishment of an American monarchy, which still had a good deal of currency. 

The Articles of Confederation afforded such freedoms that he became convinced that even with the incumbent loss of liberty, some new format of government would be required. 

A protégé of George Washington, having worked with him on several speculative land deals in the West, he was a reluctant supporter of the Constitutional Ratification process.

It was during his term in the office of the Presidency, the last before the new national compact went into effect, that Ratification was formalized and finalized. 

He served as the nation’s Chief Executive from January 22, 1788 until George Washingtons inauguration on April 30, 1789.

The Forgotten President’s 

Arthur St. Clair (b. 1734 – d. 1818) Born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the tumultuous days of the final Jacobite Rising and the Tartan Supression, St. Clair was the only President of the Colonies born and bred on foreign soil. Though most of his friends and family abandoned their devastated homeland in the years following the Battle of Culloden, after which nearly a third of the land was depopulated through emigration to America, he stayed behind to learn the ways of the hated Hanoverian English in the Royal Navy.

His plan was to learn the enemy’s military might in order to fight another day. During the global conflict of the 7 Years War, generally known as the French and Indian War, he was stationed in the American theater. Afterwards, he decided to settle in Pennsylvania where many of his kin had established themselves. 

His civic-mindness quickly became apparent: he helped to organize both the New Jersey and the Pennsylvania militias, led the Continental Armys Canadian expedition, and was elected to CongressHis long training in the enemy camp was finally paying off.

He was elected President In 1787, and he served from February 2 of that year until January 21st of the next. Following his term of duty in the highest office in the land, he became the first Governor of the Northwest Territory and the Founder of Cincinnati

Though he had briefly supported the idea of creating a constitutional monarchy under the Stuarts Bonnie Prince Charlie, he was a strident Anti-federalist, believing that the proposed federal constitution would eventually allow for the intrusion of government into virtually every sphere and aspect of life.

He even predicted that under the vastly expanded, centralized power of State the taxing powers of bureaucrats and other unelected officials would confiscate as much as a quarter of the income of the citizens, a notion that seemed laughable at the time, but one that has proven to be ominously modest in light of our current governmental leviathan. 

St. Clair lived to see the hated English tyrants who destroyed his homeland, become destroyed themselves. But he despaired that his adopted home might actually create similar tyrannies and impose them upon themselves, and he was right, i.e. Lincoln, LBJ, Obama, to name a few.

The Forgotten President’s 

Nathaniel Gorham (b. 1738 – d. 1796) Another self-made man, Gorham was one of many successful Boston merchants who risked all he had for the cause of freedom. 

He was first elected to the Massachusetts General Court in 1771. His honesty, and integrity won his acclaim, and was thus among the first delegates chose to serve in the Continental Congress

He remained in public service throughout the war and constitutional period, though his greatest contribution was his call for a stronger central government. But, even though he was an avid Federalist, he did not believe that the union could, or even should, be maintained peaceably for more than a hundred years.

He was convinced that eventually, in order to avoid civil war, or cultural war, smaller regional interests should pursue an independent course. His support of a new Constitution was rooted more in pragmatism than ideology. 

When John Hancock was unable to complete his second term as President, Gorham was elected to succeed him, serving from June 6, 1786 to February 1, 1787.

It was during this time that the Congress actually entertained the idea of asking Prince Henry, the brother of Frederick II of Prussia, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, the leader of the ill-fated Scottish Jacobite Rising and heir of the Stuart Royal line, to consider the possibility of establishing a constitutional monarchy in AmericaIt was a plan that had many to recommend it, but eventually the advocates of republicanism held the day. 

During the final years of his life, Gorham was concerned with several speculative land deals which nearly cost him his entire fortune.

The Forgotten President’s 

Richard Henry Lee (b. 1732 – d. 1794) His resolution “that the United States are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states”, approved by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, was the first official act of the Colonies that set them irrevocably on the road to independence. It was not surprising that it came from Lees pen, as early as 1768, he proposed the idea of committees of correspondence among the colonies, and in 1774 he proposed that the colonies meet in what became the Continental Congress

From the first, his eye was on independence. A wealthy Virginia planter, whose ancestors had been granted extensive lands by King Charles II, Lee disdained the traditional aristocratic role and the aristocratic view

In the House of Burgesses he flatly denounced the practice of slavery. He saw independent America as “an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted, repose.” In 1764, when news of the Stamp Act reached Virginia, Lee was a member of the committee of the House of Burgesses that drew up an address to the King, and official protest against such a tax. After the tax was established, Lee organized the citizens of his County into the Westmoreland Association, a group pledged to buy no British good until the Stamp Act was repealed. 

At the first Continental Congress, Lee persuaded representatives from all of the Colonies to adopt this non-importation idea, leading to the formation of the Continental Association, which was one of the first steps toward the union of the Colonies.

Lee also proposed to the first Continental Congress, that a militia be organized and armed, the year before the first shots were fired at Lexington; but this and other proposals of his were seen as “too radical” at the time. Three days after Lee introduced his resolution, in June 1776, he was appointed by Congress to the committee responsible for drafting a Declaration of Independence, but he was called home when his wife fell ill, and his place was taken by his young protégé, Thomas Jefferson

Thus Lee missed the chance to draft the document, though his influence greatly shaped it, and he was able to return in time to sign it. 

He was elected President, serving from November 30, 1784 to November 22, 1785. When he was succeeded by the second administration of John Hancock. Elected to the Continental Congress, Lee refused to attend, but as a member of the Congress of the Confederation, he contributed to another great document, the Northwest Ordinance, which provided for the formation of the New States from the Northwest Territories

When the completed Constitution was sent to the States for Ratification, Lee opposed it as anti-democratic and anti-christian. However, as one of Virginias first Senators, he helped assure passage of the amendments that, he felt, corrected many of the documents gravest faults, the Bill of Rights.

He was the great uncle of Robert E. Lee and the scion of a great family tradition. 

The Forgotten President’s 

Thomas Mifflin (b. 1744 – d. 1800) By an ironic sort of providence, Thomas Mifflin served as George Washingtons first aidedecamp at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, and, when the war ended, he was the man, as President, who accepted Washingtons resignation of his commission. 

In the years between, Mifflin greatly served the cause of freedom, and, apparently, his own cause; while serving as the first Quarter Master General of the Continental Army, he obtained desperately needed supplies for the new army, and was suspected of making an excessive profit for himself. 

Although experienced in business and successful in obtaining supplies for the war, Mifflin preferred the front lines, and he distinguished himself in military actions on Long Island and near Philadelphia

Born and raised a Quaker, he was excluded from their meetings for his military activities. A controversial figure, Mifflin lost favor with Washington and was part of the Conway Cabal, a rather notorious plan to replace Washington with General Horatio Gates. Mifflin narrowly missed court-martial action over his handling of funds by resigning his commission in 1778. In spite of these problems, and of repeated charges that he was a drunkard, Mifflin continued to be elected to positions of responsibility, as President and Governor of Pennsylvania, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, as the highest office in the land, where he served from November 3, 1783 to November 29, 1784.

Most of Mifflins significant contributions occurred in his earlier years, in the First and Second Continental Congresses he was firm in his stand for Independence and for fighting for it, and he helped obtain both men and supplies for Washingtons army in the early critical period. 

In 1784, as President, he signed the treaty with Great Britain which ended the war. Although a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, he did not make a significant contribution, beyond signing the document. 

As Governor of Pennsylvania, although, he was accused of negligence, he supported improvements of roads, and reformed the State Penal and Judicial systems. He had gradually become sympathetic to Jeffersons principles regarding States Rights, even so, he directed the Pennsylvania militia to support the Federal Tax Collectors in the Whiskey Rebellion

In spite of charges of corruption, the affable Mifflin remained a popular figure. A magnetic personality and effective speaker, he managed to hold a variety of elected offices for almost 30 years of the Revolutionary period.