Special Report: Democracy’s Fatal Flaw
Vol: 52 Issue: 30 Monday, January 30, 2006
The election of Hamas to the Palestinian leadership reveals the fatal law in President Bush’s plan to introduce world peace through the export of democracy.
The flaw lies in a fundamental misunderstanding of democracy as a form of government. The word ‘democracy’ is formed from two Greek words that, taken together, mean ‘mob rule’.
Many Americans believe the United States is a democracy. That is also evidence of a fundamental misunderstanding of the word’s meaning.
The United States is a Republic. As a Republic, its rulers rule by the consent of the governed. That consent is limited to the option of removing unresponsive ruler at regularly set intervals through the process of election.
In a Republic, the neither the government nor the governed rule absolutely; both are restrained by the rule of law, which is defined as emanating from a Creator and enumerated in the Constitution.
Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Law have served as the legal bible on Common Law since the first Supreme Court. The Supreme Court relies on Blackstone’s as a final authority to this day.
Blackstone defined a Republic as being constrained by the natural law of the Creator as expressed by the Ten Commandments.
Thus, he argued, since murder is forbidden by Divine Law, no expression by the will of the people could make murder legal. The Declaration of Independence enshrines basic human rights as being granted by the Creator, specifically shutting government out.
For what the Creator grants, only the Creator can take away. That exposes the Marxist ideology secretly driving the liberal effort to abolish government recognition of the existence of God. If there is no God, the power over life, liberty, etc., reverts to government.
It isn’t a theocracy they fear. It is the political power His existence denies them. The existence of God is inherently acknowledged, indeed, is instrumental to limiting the power of the Republic from reverting to a democracy.
The Founding Fathers were careful to ensure America was NOT founded as a democracy. James Madison, co-father of the Constitution, wrote “… 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.”
The Constitution guarantees to every state a Republican form of government (Art. 4, Sec. 4). No state may join the United States unless it is a Republic. Our Republic is one dedicated to “liberty and justice for all.”
Minority individual rights are the priority. The people have natural rights instead of civil rights. The people are protected by the Bill of Rights from the majority.
One vote in a jury can stop the entire majority from depriving any one of the people of his rights; this would not be so if the United States were a democracy.
In a democracy, the mob rules, as most evidenced by the recent Hamas election, more recently evidenced in the election successes of Hezbollah in Lebanon, and before that, with the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary gains in Egypt.
And Iraq’s democracy produced a Shi’ite fundamentalist government more closely resembling that of Iran than the more US-friendly Afghanistan.
There is no republican commitment to minority rights within the Islamic world. Iran calls itself a ‘republic’ but it is an ‘Islamic’ republic –a republic exclusive to followers of Islam.
Islam specifically enshrines and denies certain rights according to status, as a believer, a dhimmi, an infidel, women, etc.
There is no minimum standard of ‘natural’ i.e., God-given rights in the Islamic world, except those granted to followers of Islam. In an Islamic country, one vote, (the late Yasser Arafat’s, for example), cancels out the majority, not the other way around.
None of the factions among the various Islamic experiments with democracy were committed to a unified form of representative self-government. Instead, they are competing mobs hoping to cut the biggest slice of the pie for themselves.
And that is the fatal flaw in trying to impose a democracy on a mob. If one sends a mob to vote, one ends up governed by the mob that has the biggest guns.