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.”
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.”
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
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 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 …
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. **Just in case you forgot what we fight for.
In light of the victimized, politically correct culture spreading across America, we must always remember how close we can drift to the arms of tyranny. “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.” – CS LEWIS