Mini-editorial: U.S. was never meant to be a democracy


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Some people have the misguided idea that the United States is a democracy, but our government was never intended to be one. This nation is a republic.

Our Founding Fathers knew that democracy could be dangerous. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution is democracy mentioned and, in our Pledge of Allegiance, we pledge allegiance to the “republic.”

No president controls everything, which is why we have three divisions of government to serve as checks and balances.

Quoting one of the framers of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton: “Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy or some other form of dictatorship.”

James Madison felt that 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.”

John Adams concluded that democracy “never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

And that's why the path forward toward a socialist democracy, as espoused by the modern-day Democrat Party, is extremely dangerous.