Why Emphasize Republic?

In a recent email exchange with a school district employee, I included the following information. I have been asked a few times what the big deal is on why we need to emphasize “Republic” over “Democracy”. Here’s my brief version:

I do believe there is great importance on understanding what a Republic is. The word Democracy doesn’t appear in any of our founding documents and the Founders were adamantly opposed to Democracies.  I am certain you would agree that a country can call itself anything it wants but the fact remains that China, Iran, the USSR (former), are certainly not Republics that respect the rule of law. They are totalitarian governments where the people have no freedom. They call themselves Republics as a false pretense to the Republic of the United States, perhaps in opposition to us as a way to tell their citizens “see, we are just like the United States…”
The more we keep drilling into our children’s minds that we are a Democracy, the more freedoms we will lose because they will lose sight of the proper role of government in a Republic. The Founders were so against Democracies because they lead to mob rule. If a vote settles every issue, than rights can be given and taken by the majority. The two wolves vote to eat the sheep analogy… Law has no place for the minority.
You may have read some of these documents before but I’ve got a few pages on the site that really help explain this better than I can. I would encourage all of you interested in understanding this topic better to read these pages.

Why a Republic? (Great little video and other information)
C.S. Lewis’ “Screwtape Proposes a Toast” (A Satire on the American education system)
Excerpt from The 5,000 Year Leap (chapter 12 on Republics)
Democracy Vs. Republic Quotes (Founding Father & other quotes)
Toward an Understanding of the 10th Amendment (my own essay)

Karl Marx said, “Democracy is the road to Socialism.” When “socialism” evoked negative feelings a hundred years ago, the communists abroad and within our country adopted the term “democracy” as their new buzzword. It was more palatable and easily assimilated into the culture. For decades we’ve come to use this term as if it was part of our governmental system when in reality, our true enemies have hijacked this term and taken us straight down the road to socialism and Marxism.

One great quote from C.S. Lewis’ piece (if you’ve never read about Screwtape, go to the link above for a brief explanation):

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“Democracy is the word with which you must lead them by the nose…. [T]hey should never be allowed to give this word a clear and definable meaning. They won’t. It will never occur to them that democracy is properly the name of a political system, even a system of voting, and that this has only the most remote and tenuous connection with what you are trying to sell them. Nor of course must they ever be allowed to raise Aristotle’s question: whether “democratic behaviour” means the behaviour that democracies like or the behaviour that will preserve a democracy. For if they did, it could hardly fail to occur to them that these need not be the same.”

As an English politician remarked not long ago, “A democracy does not want great men.”

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Oak

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