This was Benjamin Franklin’s response (allegedly) to the inquiry as to what exactly is this form of a government developed/evolved here.
What is a republic, or a democratic republic, exactly? Well, I’ll leave an explanation in the hands of those who are better skilled at articulation, or any truthful, political tongues… and you, of course, for researchers, web surfers, & inquiring minds. What is democracy, a monarchy, a mobarchy, what are all the definitions of systems of governance?
A majority vote sounds fair, does it not? But, if 16 of 30 Helens (all purportedly elected to represent their fellow citizens, their ’employers by taxpayer monies’) agree that you should give 25% of your income to those who cannot or will not work, and another, say, 50% to taxes (not to mention inflation, because we allow political powers to print trillions of dollars & give it to other countries or fund wars we don’t condone), isn’t that a majority vote? Does that make it right?
If we watch what people are doing (not saying) we can replace those not doing good work because of the system we have. Is it even possible to improve upon a popular system by which groups have made decisions for eons? After all, if 6 people are traveling, and 4 say, “We head east.” Everyone goes along to stick together. Maybe heading east was a terrible decision, but there was strength in numbers, a bond, and maybe better decision making later. I suppose this is a decent example of majority rule. In awful extremes, majority rule may be likened to mob rule, and that usually doesn’t turn out well.
If enough people are paying attention, we can vote in hopefully non-corrupt other citizens to replace bad apples residing in their little castles on the political stage (providing we don’t allow mail-in votes, and easily hijacked electronic voting machines. There’s no way Biden received more votes than Mr. Trump or Obama, the man is… nevermind. He couldn’t tell you either. Just saying).
I wish to share a link with you:
Perspectives on the Constitution: A Republic, If You Can Keep It – National Constitution Center
Below is a noteworthy segment By Richard R. Beeman, Ph.D. I recommend visiting the above site’s link. What you are about to read is a section pasted from that link. The wording is perfect & I believe what is written is of dire importance due to the obvious waning in the interest of real life, sacrificed for life on screen, or in front of one, particularly of, but certainly not limited to the youth. Here goes:
“If there is a lesson in all of this it is that our Constitution is neither a self-actuating nor a self-correcting document.
It requires the constant attention and devotion of all citizens. There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created.
His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.” The brevity of that response should not cause us to under-value its essential meaning: democratic republics are not merely founded upon the consent of the people, they are also absolutely dependent upon the active and informed involvement of the people for their continued good health.”
Also, you can visit the journal of James McHenry, where he recorded the last day of the convention.
If you read what all the people (of all colors) went through for the creation of this land, the sacrifices, the chances they took, and more, one might wonder what is happening to our men and women.
Whilst some people, of all sexes, in numerous countries are fighting in wars, leaving their famies to face death, & fighting government wars around the world, there are others who are just crying their eyes out on their little social medias over people not calling them by their preferred pronouns.
Some people are shooting to save their comrads and themselves, while some of their fellow countrymen are at home in their jammies blasting tweets about their little feelings. Seriously? People care less today about who is doing what behind closed doors than ever before. Wth do these people have their panties in a bunch?
Just don’t brainwash our youth (teachers) with your personal or political views, or discuss sh** that does not pertain to math, history, reading, writing, and science. Also, don’t expect everyone to play make believe that you are a woman if you were born with a di**! Same goes for a woman, a biological woman, “you’re not a man, dude.” We’ll call you Mary or Martin, we don’t truly care, but in real life, actual life, a person is physically what they were born as.
Aside from these things, most people don’t care what people do, as long as no one is getting hurt. Quite a many people like other people no matter what, judging them only by their characters. Are they caring, funny, kind, intelligent? That is what’s important to a lot of folks, and rightfully so.
So everyone, put down the grande mocha, cappuccinos with extra fluff and grow some balls, “land of the free and home of the brave.” Learn responsible ownership of weapons, incase one day you need to protect your wife, husband, partner, children, elderly parents, or strangers from murder, rape, a tyrannical government… hell, who knows what will happen?! Remember when people thought toilet paper would always be available?
Save a life. Vote crooked bastards out of office. Mow the lawn for your elderly neighbor. Volunteer for animals, youth, or seniors with no families. Do something meaningful, selfless, or not pussified.
Here, people can be whoever they are and find support, sometimes finding others cheering them on. Think of all the lands. All have histories, slavery, suppression, wars, something terrible… but c’mon, people need to stop crying in their herbal tea, and realize what they should be thankful for. If they don’t like it here, they can leave and gripe about that place, and the next place, and so on. There are so many beautiful countries, but not many with so many freedoms. This is one…
If we can keep it.
“Give me Lizardry or give me Death!” – Dawn Renée
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Happy Independence Day.
I see Murph has dressed himself up in the red, white and blue. 😀
Good to see you and Murph after long. And what an articulation. Democracy had been so much arm twisted by the vested minority ( politicians) kind courtesy the ignorance of the majority ( voters) who supposedly have the power to elect .
Stay blessed always 🌹🙏🌹
Stylin’ and profilin’ : )
We appreciate that, Krish, very much.
Yes, that is another way of putting it.
Good encouragement to divest of “mobocracy,” Dawn. And thanx for **ing out seriously offensive words, although you did screech close in some of the blog, which I put down my coffee to read. 😉
It is unfortunate that tempers run so hot, as yours did in this blog, and mine has on a couple of occasions. But we wonder, what are we to do when a “majority” votes against common sense?
Unfortunately, it is probably going to get worse.
“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – NOT Benjamin Franklin, but still true! So all of the perfectionists who mis-attribute the quote to right-wing fanatics, thanx for thinking so much of us. It is still true, whoever said it. 🤠
Thank you for that support. And, you’re welcome. I am sometimes considerate. : ) It was not my intent to come accrossed as angry. I am bothered by the state of things & people’s cry-baby attitude, but, I was just ‘calling it as I see it’.
Not everyone will agree with what was typed, and that’s alright. We can agree to disagree, and be cool.
Good point, “… what are we to do when a “majority” votes against common sense?” What inded?
Perfectionists is one way to put it. Absolutely, such would mis-attribute that quote. It’s not a right-wing statement, it’s a “hold on to your country or lose it” statement.
Cute happy 4th 🙂
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Murph for president.
This was incredibly moving! Thanks for posting!
YES!! Right on, we have the perfect head shot for the buttons!
Much appreciated, Mr. Balladeer!
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He looks so cute in his ribbons! 💖
Thank you! His little foot looks like sign language for “I love you.” Lucky shot