Educating We the people

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” America is not a democracy, it is a constitutional republic. We use democracy during the elections, but that’s about as far as it goes.

The difference between the two systems is crucial. In a democracy, rights, laws, everything are decided by majority rule. A republic is where individuals are elected to serve as representatives of the people, and the government in which they serve is bound by the rule of law and the sovereign rights of individuals it represents.

Sometimes we hear the saying: the majority rules. There is nothing in the word majority that means a decision is right, just, proper or fair. It simply means more people voted for it than didn’t.

Say, for example, two wolves and a sheep attempt to decide what to eat for dinner. Under the system of democracy all three of the animals will get a vote. The wolves, of course, are going to vote to eat the sheep; the sheep will vote to eat some grass, oats or hay. The votes are counted: 2 votes for eating the sheep, 1 vote for not eating the sheep. The wolves have it, bad day to be a sheep.

Now that a slew of candidates have stepped forward, the 2020 campaign will have more trash floating around the country than the ocean. So far, we have: Former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, ex-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Rep. John Delaney, Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam, author Marianne Williamson, former tech executive Andrew Yang and Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld. With more to float in.

My only wish is for the country to elect a candidate who is smarter than my dog. We the people are wallowing in ignorance and refuse to be educated. Many do not understand that their freedom is not unlimited, it stops where someone else’s begins.

I have zero trust in the corrupt system, no expectation whatsoever. My smile comes from the Constitution, the Bill of rights and the Declaration of Independence.

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