This issue asks, Democracy, Republic, or Oligarchy?
SINCE YOU ASKED
In a previous article we looked at the significance of the Declaration of Independence and how it would serve as the foundation of the new government. So, with the lessons of history and the wisdom provided by the Bible, just what kind of government did our founders come up with? Ask nearly any group and you’ll probably not get a consensus. Most will probably go for a democracy. A smaller group will vote for a republic. For the answer, start reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. You’ll soon come to the line
…and to the republic for which it stands…
A republic and a democracy are not the same. So why do so many people think we are a democracy, and just what is a republic? In its simplest definition, a republic is a society based on the rule of law. Our nation was to be a society based on the unchangeable law of God to prevent the varying whims of the people from changing the laws-the very thing we are faced with today in America.
So, where does democracy come in? Technically, we are a democratic republic because our representatives are democratically elected by the people. In a true democracy, the people have the final say. In a democratic republic, the people are to elect representatives who will see to it that that the laws are upheld and followed. Our democratic republic was to function with the people electing representatives who would follow the “law of nature and of nature’s God.” After the finishing touches had been put on our founding documents, Ben Franklin told his countrymen, “We’ve given you a republic…if you can keep it.”
AS I SEE IT
Sad to say, we haven’t kept it. We have drifted far from the principles of a republic. What has become accepted today is a far cry from what the founders envisioned. In fact, we are experiencing on a regular basis the very thing our founders wanted to avoid. Many of our leaders are trying to convince us that our Constitution is a “living, breathing document.” What they are really saying is that the Constitution needs to be interpreted differently today to reflect today’s values and morals.
So, who gets to do the interpreting? The Supreme Court. By “legislating from the bench,” liberal members of the Supreme Court have been interpreting the Constitution to fit their own political and moral ideology. Moreover, we have drifted from Constitutional law to case law where decisions are being based on precedent, not on the Constitution. The problem is that the precedents were based on personal biases, not on the laws of God. As a result, America is now being ruled by a small council of elite individuals who hold the strings of power. This is the definition of an oligarchy.
Once you stop using the immutable unchanging laws of God as your plumb line, the result can only be chaos. As the society sinks lower into moral depravity, so do the legal rulings and interpretations from those in power. Instead of becoming a living, breathing document, the Constitution becomes a dying, gasping document barely able to serve any useful purpose. This is where we are, but we still have a choice. Will we be a part of the problem or a part of the solution?
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, and dry cleaners depressed?