By MJ Dylan
Donald Trump has complained this week about the Colorado primary system.
(Don’t watch the whole thing…no one has time for all of that, but it boils down to this):
“We have a rigged system…We thought we were having an election…We are supposed to be a democracy… We are supposed to vote and your vote should mean something.” – Donald Trump on the Colorado Primary
There was nothing unconstitutional about how the delegates were allocated during the Colorado primary. Every state has a different system, and the rules governing each system is fully disclosed to each candidate months in advance. The efficacy of each system could be a matter of debate, but one thing is NOT debatable. America is not a democracy. We never were a democracy.
As Plato wisely noted, “dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.” Plato lists tyranny as the worst and most oppressive form of government, with democracy as a close second. Democracy is beholden to the will of majority, which leads to numerous ideological tyrannies: fascism, Marxism, and totalitarianism.
The majority will inevitably tarnish the liberties and rights of the individual in exchange for the rights of the majority, which often can be tyrannical.
James Madison (Founding Father, 4th President of the United States)
In a pure democracy “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.”
In contrast, a republic – a form of government in which the scheme of representation takes place, “promises the cure for which we are seeking. Let us examine the points in which it varies from pure democracy, and we shall comprehend both the nature of the cure and the efficacy which it must derive from the Union.” – Federalist #10, The Federalist Papers
John Adams (Founding Father, 2nd President of the United States)
“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – Letters of John and Abigail Adams
John Marshall (1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court)
“Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”
In a democracy, the majority will destroy the minority. The demagoguery of Donald Trump is a perfect example of why democracy should never exist, and why the founding fathers feared it so vehemently, and thus the United States must continue to operate as a REPUBLIC – a representative democracy which protects individual liberty and not the collective majority.
Charles Bukowski (American Author and Poet)
“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.”