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Democracy Has Failed Because We Have Failed
The PanAm Post ^ | April 28, 2014 | Frank Worley-Lopez

Posted on 04/29/2014 4:53:17 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Until We Learn to Be Sovereign, the Illegitimate State Will Continue.

A recent editorial column here at the PanAm Post spoke of the failures of the opposition parties in Venezuela and their culpability in the collapse of their country. The article raises some very important questions about democracy itself. Democracy, after all, is a very good system, and can produce some very positive results. However, it is also a system fraught with incredible danger.

Democracy represents the will of the people, but it also represents their whims, their fears, and their prejudices.

The Historical Legacy: False Promises, Division, Failure

It was democracy that created the Jim Crow segregation laws of the south, and democracy that later repealed them, with a lot of help from the courts. It was democracy that created prohibition, and then repealed the ban on alcohol in the United States. Democracy created the war on drugs, and it continues to this day.

It was democracy that made smokers the lepers of today’s society, based on false and misleading scientific data; if true, it would have resulted in a ban on automobiles and the internal combustion engine decades ago. Democracy bans sodas of a certain size, allows the passage of constitutional amendments that prohibit certain people from getting married, and establishes criminal and anti-terror laws based entirely on fear.

Democracy promises free money, no-consequence social programs, and crisis management based on diversion of responsibility. Democracy promises equal housing and equal benefits — socialist programs sold as good business that eventually lead directly to financial crisis and collapse. The blame for the poor economy then rests on Wall Street bankers, who did exactly as the democratically elected politicians asked, and even helped these same politicians make millions for themselves.

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It was a democratic process — elections — that gave rise to Adolf Hitler and Hugo Chávez, and it continues to be the preferred method for selecting socialists, both moderate and extreme, around the globe. In the Americas, opposition parties, such as those in Venezuela, continue to offer the same sort of free-money schemes that brought down Greece, and threaten to do the same to France and other nations. The latest in this line is “guaranteed basic income”: US$2,000 a month for every adult to help him with his basic needs.

Civil disobedience against the tyranny of the majority.

Supporters of this proposal often don’t mention the cost of such a venture: that $2,000 multiplied by 200,000,000 adults, multiplied by 12 months in a year, equals $4.8 trillion — in other words, more than we currently spend on everything else combined, which we already necessarily borrow a trillion dollars a year to fund. This proposal is put forth despite a national debt that officially exceeds $17 trillion, a total debt of more than $60 trillion, and unfunded liabilities that exceed $100 trillion. The current debt exceeds annual global economic activity, excluding the United States. To put it another way, our total debt exceeds all of the wealth created in a single year worldwide not including our economy.

Democracy is what allows us to debate the value and appropriateness of whether to cut a few billion dollars in spending now or a trillion dollars over 10 years, which would represent a mere 3 percent reduction in current spending projections — even at a time when total spending would rise anyway, possibly negating those cuts altogether. Democracy allows us to consider this a normal part of doing business and not the existential crisis that it represents.

The Great Fiction: Mob Rule, Legalized Plunder

Government, even in a democracy, is a thief. It is a criminal organization that takes money and property by force and violates its contracts. Whether for the “greater good” or the “common good,” government is power by force even if the action occurs after an open, free, and democratic election.

In Venezuela, opposition members have continually sought dialogue and established agreements with the government that were then completely ignored or willfully violated. After the “Indian Wars,” native-American tribes did the same thing, with the same results. Rulers in the United States have continued this under a concept called the Constitution.

Within that constitution is a Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments. Yet how many of those contractual agreements have been violated just over the last 50 years? How many times has the US Supreme Court upheld the 9th and 10th amendments regarding states’ rights and powers reserved to the people not delegated to the federal government? How many times have we heard a new and novel interpretation of the 4th amendment regarding unreasonable searches and seizures, and how many times must we endure another philosophical discussion about what the definition of “is” is?

Shall we again discuss and debate the right or not to be safe in our homes and properties and papers and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures? Shall we endure another discussion about the definition of the words, “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed?” Shall we again hear about the statement that preceded those words and how they may not have actually meant that you can keep and bear arms.

Rules for You but Not for Us (the Elites)

The rule of law in a democracy can only exist if those in power abide by the rule of law that authorizes their offices and limits their powers? Once they ignore that rule (the US Constitution), once they infringe upon the liberties in the Bill of Rights, once they find a new and novel interpretation to the constitution that allows them to crush yet another freedom, the rule of law is dead.

How can anyone be expected to follow any law passed by any legislature or congress in the United States or elsewhere, if those enacting those laws ignore the organic law that created their office? What more debate shall we have?

How can you negotiate with a thief? How can you find compromise with a criminal organization or middle ground with the mob? How can any of us vote for any politician who does not recognize and act upon the existential threat that is our current national debt and agree to balance the budget immediately by any means necessary? How can we support any government that promises to protect civil liberties of voters, but does not prosecute the black panthers for standing armed in front of polling stations?

Our Own Dependency, Pettiness, Gullibility Perpetuate the Problem

Democracy can only work if the people and the politicians they elect assume the responsibility that naturally comes with being free and sovereign men and women. It can only work if honesty is the rule of law, not the punchline of a party joke. How can anyone have a sane and serious conversation so long as we are, for example, wedded to continuing social security, maintaining the size and scope of our military, or implementing a health care plan that will likely extend and exacerbate the current fiscal disaster that is the United States?

Democracy has failed. As a nation and as a planet, we have allowed our emotions to decide our voting decisions and our agendas to persuade politicians, but we have rarely held anyone to account, much less ourselves. We would rather argue over abortion or allege a war on women that doesn’t exist. We would rather call an Hispanic man a white racist than accept that maybe a black man was killed because he tackled someone and bashed his head repeatedly into the ground while yelling, “I’m going to kill you.”

We have allowed our government to bus people in to protest that very event, the killing of Trayvon Martin, and we have allowed our government to try to prosecute a man who by all accounts acted in self-defense. We have allowed our government to steal land, regulate crops, listen to our phone calls, read our emails, bomb innocent civilians, tax people unfairly while allowing the majority of the adult population to not work or pay taxes. This is the same government that recently tried to slaughter thousands of cattle, allegedly so the Chinese could build a solar energy plant on our soil all in the name of protecting an animal that many didn’t know even existed.

We allow this; we tolerate this with our vote or lack of it, our short memories, and because we want to do the right thing and not be too “unreasonable.” Our politicians, fearing the manipulation of the of the masses by a fifth estate that long ago sold its soul to various corporate and political movements, continue to play the game of “who can give the most free money.”

What is happening in Venezuela and what happened in Greece will be nothing compared to the global financial calamity that awaits the US people and any nation or peoples who rely on the once great republic’s economic, military, and political influence.

It is madness, pure and simple. Democracy has failed us, because we have failed ourselves.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: bundy; constitution; democracy; elites; fascism; ruleoflaw; trayvon; zimmerman
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1 posted on 04/29/2014 4:53:17 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We live in a republic which as a democratic voting apparatus.
Well, at least we did until 2008 as we now have something more akin to an elected kingdom.


2 posted on 04/29/2014 4:55:38 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

United States was founded as a Republic, not a democracy.


3 posted on 04/29/2014 4:58:35 AM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

voting and elections was killed by Lois Lerner. She mus be tried and executed for her crimes against the voting republic.

Lois Lerner has destroyed democracy with the cudgel of the IRS


4 posted on 04/29/2014 4:58:59 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Democracy always fails. That is why it is called mobocracy.

The 17th amendment was only the begining.


5 posted on 04/29/2014 5:03:27 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve said since 2008 (it took me that long to realize it) that the problem is not the elected officials. It is the electorate.


6 posted on 04/29/2014 5:07:08 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Democrat Party was usurped and converted into a socialist party with pecific political agendas acting on behalf of foreign puppet masters and interests. Those within the Party are too blind to see it and can’t see the forest for the trees.


7 posted on 04/29/2014 5:07:32 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Democracy:

Three rapists and two women voting on how to spend the afternoon.


8 posted on 04/29/2014 5:07:36 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This nation is a republic, and we have a republican government, not a democracy.

See my book at the website in my tagline.


9 posted on 04/29/2014 5:07:45 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cuban leaf
"The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived."
- John Quincy Adams

"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

Democracy is the most vile form of government
- James Madison


"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
- John Adams

Pop quiz:

Anyone know who was the first President to use the phrase "make the world safe for Democracy" as justification for engaging in war?
10 posted on 04/29/2014 5:08:30 AM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: jsanders2001

The Democrat Party was usurped and converted into a socialist party with specific political agendas acting on behalf of foreign puppet masters and interests. Those within the Party are too blind to see it and can’t see the forest for the trees.


11 posted on 04/29/2014 5:08:40 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

The Democrat Party was usurped and converted into a socialist party with pecific political agendas acting on behalf of foreign puppet masters and interests. Those within the Party are too blind to see it and can’t see the forest for the trees.


I agree, but I’ll ad a facet I didn’t see until about ten years ago, and time has proven it to be accurate:

The democrats and republicans are the same organization. They are just playing “good cop, bad cop” with us.


12 posted on 04/29/2014 5:09:29 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, but what can you do?

Heee’s BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!

Wanna be called (shudder) WAAAAYCYST?????????


13 posted on 04/29/2014 5:10:31 AM PDT by Flintlock (islam is a LIE, mohammmud a CRIMINAL, sharia is POISON!)
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To: VitacoreVision

Thanks for those quotes. There is another I’m trying to find that said something along the lines of “democracy seems to think that an elecorate of idiots can produce positive results” or something like that.


14 posted on 04/29/2014 5:11:58 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: cuban leaf

> I agree, but I’ll ad a facet I didn’t see until about ten years ago, and time has proven it to be accurate:
The democrats and republicans are the same organization. They are just playing “good cop, bad cop” with us.

It sure seems so. I think we have a wolf in sheep’s clothing that is being controlled by foreign interests and that he is following a script given to him by puppet masters with the promise of a big payoff in the end. His goal; soften America up for the knockout punch.


15 posted on 04/29/2014 5:13:06 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: cuban leaf
Republic vs. Democracy: What's the difference?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DioQooFIcgE

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The democrats and republicans are the same organization. They are just playing “good cop, bad cop” with us.
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16 posted on 04/29/2014 5:13:18 AM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With the country split roughly 50/50 dem & gop, that actually means it’s split 75/25 liberal-statist & conservative-constitutionalist. Is there any wonder why our nation and society are headed over the proverbial cliff?

We’ve gone from the “greatest generation” -to- a nation of spoiled selfish brats within just two or three generations. Looking at today’s youth, where are the future leaders who will lead the country out of this mess with the founders ideals firmly in mind?

The future does not look good for us as a nation or society. It’s said that the best lessons are learned hardest. I believe we are in for a series of extremely hard lessons like we’ve never seen before.


17 posted on 04/29/2014 5:26:45 AM PDT by jaydee770
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”

~~Alexander Fraser Tyler, “The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic”


18 posted on 04/29/2014 5:27:10 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Democracies always fail. That’s why the founders of the United States created a representative republic. It lasted for a lot longer than any democracy, but it has devolved into a fascist state with fraudulent elections.


19 posted on 04/29/2014 5:34:35 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t give a rat’s ass about democracy. I’m concerned about freedom, liberty, and natural rights.


20 posted on 04/29/2014 5:37:31 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Democracy is a tool, not an end.

Modern Leftists use the word democracy as a replacement for freedom or liberty, its not.

Democracy is the least-worst, acceptable method for a group of people to determine toppings for a communal pizza, but as a method of picking sexual partners its no better than totalitarianism.

Democracy fails when it is used to infringe on an individuals rights.

21 posted on 04/29/2014 5:41:32 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: VitacoreVision

That would be Woody Woodpecker Wilson.


22 posted on 04/29/2014 6:39:46 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The author’s premise “democracy is a very good system” is false. A mixed constitution with both democratic and anti-democratic elements, provided the proper balance is maintained, is a very good system. Unfortunately the shelf-life for the proper balance seems to be somewhere between 125 and 300 years.


23 posted on 04/29/2014 6:45:25 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner.


24 posted on 04/29/2014 6:46:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Nah... democracy is failing because the system allows the majority to create laws that take money from the minority and re-distribute it to themselves.

In all systems (even communism) there will be those with money and the poor. Democracy allows the poor to create laws that those with money have to live by. Including laws which can confiscate their money and possessions.

25 posted on 04/29/2014 6:47:29 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: jaydee770

“With the country split roughly 50/50 dem & gop...”

Only 50-60% of those who can vote in national elections usually do so, if I recall. Less for local and state. Of those who do vote in national elections around 45% generally vote one way and 45% the other, they know the reason they vote the way they do, even if it’s sometimes a stupid reason or wrong. The other 10% of those who do vote are the ones that can be swayed to change their vote by a debate flub, campaign commercial or last minute breaking scandal. So we have the most gullible, those who really have no set way of thinking, being the deciding factor in many elections.

Freegards


26 posted on 04/29/2014 7:01:01 AM PDT by Ransomed
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