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Republic or Democracy – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. Fox on November 9, 2018

Snowden said. “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use the system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with.”

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/11/l-reichard-white/democracy/

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Remember this?

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands. …” –The Pledge of Allegiance

And how about this – – –

“We gave you a Republic if you can keep it.” –Benjamin Franklin

So we’ve pledged allegiance to the Republic the founders left for us. Not the democracy.

What’s the difference? Does it matter?

Despite the Pledge and the founders’ intentions, if you listen to “our” current U.S. politicos and main-stream media, you rarely hear “republic” mentioned. Instead we’re constantly barraged with “democracy.” Like this for example – – –

Clinton declares ‘crisis in our democracy,’ –Fox News

Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy –The Nation

“These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.” –Senator Chris Murphy August 6, 2018

How Wobbly Is Our Democracy? –The New York Times

Many think our democracy won’t survive Trump. –The Washington Post

So are we in a different country than the Republic many of us pledged allegiance to? Does it matter? Should we try to do something about it?

We were warned about democracy. Like this, for example – – –

“Mankind will in time discover that unbridled majorities are as tyrannical and cruel as unlimited despots.” –U.S. “Founding Father” John Adams

And this – – –

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for” –Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIII, 1782. ME 2:163

And – – –

“Hence it is that such 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.” –James Madison, Federalist Paper 10:

In fact, as you can see from the following U.S. Army training manual, the dangers of democracy were well understood here in the U.S. at least until oh, say, April of 1933 – – –

Democracy, n. “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 impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.” –WAR DEPARTMENT TM_2000-25, issued November 30, 1928, withdrawn and destroyed Spring 1933

Yet everyone from Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!) to ironically mis-named “Republicans” are now cheering for democracies, defending them, and trying to force them on others all around the world. What gives?…

Nearly every time a government body passes a law in a winner-takes-all democracy, it creates a pool of potentially alienated losers who are forced to go along.

Government bodies in the U.S. pass approximately 40,000 new laws every year, thus creating approximately 40,000 new groups of alienated losers yearly. And that’s just from the laws and doesn’t include all the new rules, regulations, orders and controls.

This creates a lot of alienated folks who are intimidated into going along. Or maybe not.

Imbibers during attempted Alcohol Prohibition for example, not to mention pot smokers these days. As our elders warned remember, this tends to create a lot of “agitation, discontent, anarchy” etc..

And, as more and more laws, rules, regulations, orders and controls accumulate over time — as they inherently do in a winner-takes-all democracy — more and more folks get alienated — and many incarcerated.

Until now (2018 AD), about 1 in 100 Americans has served jail time. And nearly one in three of us have been or are tangled up in the so-called “Justice” system (in prison, on probation or on parole, etc.) This is by far an all-time world record that completely buries the former champs, the East German STASI.

With about 40,000 new laws plus tag-alongs accumulating every year — as of 2013, The Code of Federal Regulations alone includes over one-million (1,000,000) restrictions — no one can possibly know what they all are. Because of this unknowable accumulation, you likely commit — mostly unknowingly — three felonies a day.

This makes everyone vulnerable to government blackmail. And I do mean everyone. Look what they’re doing to super-rich Trump and his buddies for example. Even for dedicated anti-Trumpers, this is NOT a good precedent.

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden explained it this way:

“I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant to a federal judge or even a president,” Snowden said. “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use the system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with.” –Snowden: Leak of NSA spy programs “marks my end” – CBS News

And with 40,000 new laws etc. every year and three felonies a day, you can be sure they can find at least one you’ve committed…

Be seeing you

CIA Has Interfered With Over 81 Foreign Elections in the Past Century (1)

 

 

 

 

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