“Between a republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.” -Chief Justice John Marshall
The issue at hand is not just whether or not we are a Republic, but whether freedom can be maintained by a populace that doesn’t understand what a Republic is. The resources below will help you to understand what a Republic is and why it is so vital to our nation’s freedom.
After watching the above movie, ask yourself why Benjamin Franklin said they had given us a Republic, “if [we] can keep it”? It seems Franklin’s premise was that it is more difficult to keep a Republic properly operating than other forms of government. Why is that?
John Adams warned:
“Avarice, ambition, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Why did he say such a thing?
Because a Republic is the form of government that maximizes personal freedom and agency. When we lose our morality based on Judeo-Christian values, we are no longer capable of self-rule. We devolve into creatures that must have masters and we then readily accept them because we are incapable of exercising our agency, lost in the same proportion as we have given up our individual responsibility and ability to govern ourselves.
In 1966, Ezra Taft Benson said the following at a BYU devotional:
“We must be careful that we are not led to accept or support in any way, any organization, cause or measure, which in its remotest efforts would jeopardize free agency, whether it be in politics, government, religion, employment, education, or in any other field. It is not enough for us to be sincere in what we support, we must be right.”
There are only two forms of government available in this world. That which has masters, and that which has freedom and self-rule under a set of laws that protect God given rights. The former is identified under many names such as Communism, Fascism, Socialism, and even Democracy as shown in the video above, but the latter is known by few names including Republic.
“The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”- Alexis de Tocqueville
The great question then is, will we be free men, or slaves?
“It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights – the “right” to education, the “right” to health care, the “right” to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle.”- P.J. O’Rourke