OUR DEMOCRACY

8 10 2013

Authored by William Robert Barber

For Americans, democratic principles constitutionally expressed within the framework of a republic is la raison d’être; the meaningfulness of being governed from within such a political structure is comforting, prideful, and righteous. We Americans consider our democracy as the basis of our exceptionalism and our exceptionalism the ethos of Americanism. The United States of America is a democracy. The rational of our democracy is founded on the belief that because of our enshrined-into-law democratic principles, the power of government in America is mollified or thwarted, thereby stymieing governmental excessiveness.

Withstanding the previous paragraph, historical evidence has repetitively proven that the lawful are besieged by scofflaws. That interpretation of laws, so to service special interest, has been viciously maligned and transposed from original intent. The lawful (such as the Tea Party) have been unjustly aspersed and vilified by their political counterparties.

Evildoers spew evil deeds. But when the acclaimed of the liberal progressive party scornfully disregard the tenants of the nation’s constitution, when the House of Representatives are accusatively touted as the house of NO while elevating the executive office to that of Caesar, when public relations has the priority over statesmanship, and government spending (for the last fifty years) exceeds the nation’s revenue, it is time to convene the reasonable and rational to end the liberal progressive repetition of the explicitly nonsensical.

Settling on the precise equipoise within the workings of a democratic republic prompts a tug-of-war betwixt an individual’s sovereignty and government’s statutory power. Government is sanctioned to act as a protectorate; such includes the government’s assumption of discretionary and, most probably, arbitrary use of coercive force. Almost all of the contesting between political parties hover over the settling on the precise ideological equipoise.

Oliver Wendell Holmes stated that “law is nothing more than the dominant opinion of society.” The dominant opinion of society is the thesis of majority rule. This principle of “Majoritarianism” could provoke, within the minority, a violent or otherwise form of disobedience. Therefore the discernible means to achieve equipoise respective of majority or minority is essential to cohesive governance. President Obama and his Democrats forced through the congress, without one Republican vote, ObamaCare. This blatant display of “Majoritarianism,” this jamming of a major legislative product without any degree of consensus, cost the president preventable disharmony and discord.

As to the politics of governance, democracy in the United States is now more myth than reality. When it comes to the application of democratic principles (and the reality thereof), democracy in America is an unchallenged pretense.  Within the politics of governance, political persuasion though usually nothing more than rhetorical and vacuous speechmaking, reigns superior. Americans prefer to dismiss the plainly apparent (lack of democratic principles) via the guilelessness of collective acceptance; seemingly, the convenience and ease of conventional tolerance has finessed democratic principles into the stratum of the unconcerned.  

We are two elections away from the end of even the semblance of a democratic republic…

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