Dave Wallace: The perils of democracy
As summer tapers off and another Labor Day holiday has come and gone, we realize once again the dog days of summer are fading fast. The midterm elections will soon be here, and we will have the opportunity to vote for a number of representatives and ballot measures. We should all be thankful for the democracy we have and the system that will ultimately determine the ballot outcome, or at least, this is what we are led to believe.
Let us travel back in time to the closing of the Constitutional Convention on Sept. 17, 1787. Ghosts of American patriots and British soldiers have been roaming the grounds around Freeman's Farm and the Bemis Heights for 10 years now, since the Battle of Saratoga, which is known as the turning point in the American Revolution. As Benjamin Franklin left the hall in Philadelphia, he was asked, "What kind of government have you given us, Dr. Franklin?"
"A Republic, if you can keep it," Franklin replied.
The Founding Fathers were very familiar with the forms of government throughout history of the world, and this knowledge laid the foundation of our nation and the establishment of the republic, where the governing power of elected representatives would be regulated and restricted by the Constitution. These laws were designed to protect the rights of all citizens, majority and minority alike.
Even though many individuals believe our Country was established as a democracy, nothing is further from the truth. Democracy is government by majority rule, which is closely related to anarchy's mob rule. The rights of the minority are always at risk with such a system.
History is not necessarily being forgotten; no, history and the knowledge our Founding Fathers left us is intentionally being negated. Our Founding Fathers knew very well the perils of democracy.
John Adams, second president of the United States, said, "Democracy never last long, It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There has never been a democracy yet that did not commit suicide".
Scottish historian Alexander Tytler stated, "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government; they ultimately collapse over loose fiscal policy and are always followed by a dictatorship."
On the darker side, Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Mao Tse-tung all noted how democracies were essential paving stones in the path leading toward socialism.
The U.S. Army training manual of 1928 described a democracy as follows: A government of the masses, authority derived through mass meeting or any form of direct expression, results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic, negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and the impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. This results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, and anarchy. By 1952, this manual had conveniently been rewritten.
Let us look ahead to November. Ballot measure 73, which would amend the Colorado Constitution, promotes a progressive state income tax beginning with an annual income level of $150,000. This proposal does not affect everybody — no, 92 percent of Colorado taxpayers will not be affected at all. This devious and underhanded initiative is playing the majority against the minority. This is a prime example of mob rule and is precisely why our Founding Fathers established a republic and rejected democracy.
This measure, and others alike, are the force which railroads our country toward a socialist state. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are on a runaway train; the time has come to sand the rail and pray we are not too late.