Lynda Watt: The United States is a constitutional republic


— Dear editor:

I read with some dismay the article by your new columnist, Janet Sheridan, entitled "Happy Fourth of July," which appeared in the July 4, 2009, edition of the Craig Daily Press. In this article, Ms. Sheridan referred to the United States as a "world-altering democracy."

The fact is, the United States is a constitutional republic, and not a democracy. A constitutional republic guarantees individual rights. A democracy does not.

In 1787, after the signing of the Constitution, as the framers were leaving Independence Hall in Philadelphia, a lady stepped forward from the crowd and asked Benjamin Franklin, "What have you given us, sir?" And Franklin replied, "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."

In this millennium, we are struggling to keep our sovereignty as many of our elected representatives are trying to lead our great republic down the path of destruction into the New World Order and Global Governance.

The writings and quotes from the founders of our nation are numerous and extensive. They studied all forms of government around the world before establishing America as a constitutional republic.

Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution or the original Bill of Rights will you find the term "democracy." Our forefathers despised democracy and guaranteed to the future generations of Americans a constitutional republic.

I would have thought that a person who spent 40 years in public education and was responsible for teaching the truth of our nation's history to the children in her care would have known such an important fact about the country of her birth.

It's becoming quite obvious that the public school system in the United States is no more than a tool for social engineering to control the thinking of future generations in order to alter the course of our great nation.

Lynda Watt


edwardjwilks 7 years, 9 months ago

The United States is NOT a democracy. We DO NOT use nor do we want a "democratic process." We are a "Constitutional Republic" that uses a "Representative Republic" system of voting and elections. Democracy means "majority rule." Republic means "rule of law." Stop calling our nation a democracy. Stop promoting a "democratic process." If you do not, you may get what you asked for and that will be the destruction of us all. If we were a democracy, the massive populations of California and New York would win ALL elections by shear numbers of votes and they would get to tell the rest of the county what laws will and will not exist. Colorado would be just another insignificant speck, voiceless in an ocean of other mutes. Our founding fathers were the most intelligent, studied, and divinely inspired men of all time on this issue. They studied Cicero, Aristotle, Hobbs, Locke, Montesquieu, etc. (Have you?) They despised democracy and knew it would poison our society like it ALWAYS DOES.

Article IV Section 4 of the US Constitution states: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a "Republican" Form of Government."

"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." -Thomas Jefferson, author of the Bill of Rights.

"Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of democracy. 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, author of the Federalist Papers

"Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." -John Adams, 2nd President of the United States

"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 death." -James Madison, Father of the Constitution

"The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived." -John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." -Thomas Jefferson

"Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos." -John Marshall

"Democracy is the road to socialism." -Karl Marx

Benjamin Franklin said, "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

-Edward Wilks

Rifle, Colorado


grannyrett 7 years, 9 months ago

Well written. True. Our founding fathers knew what they were doing when they founded this country. We must not let our Republic turn into a democracy.


taxslave 7 years, 9 months ago

Colorado state employees are told they will be cut 10 percent in their wages....across the board and that they're closing state parks (see tribune article)

And this morning they're told their retirement fund is not funded and they say they're coming to us in higher taxes to fund their pension fund.

Warm and fuzzy feeling everyone?


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