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Freedom in a Democracy v. Liberty in a Republic

The word democracy is used to describe and identify our country all too often by politicians from both the left and the right and everyone in between. Democracy is not even mentioned in our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution. Our founding fathers made it very clear that they thought a democracy was not the right form of government for our country. Politicians truly show their ignorance when they refer to our country as a “great democracy”.

The fact is that we use democratic principles to administer our “Republic”. Article IV Sec. 4 of the Constitution states that “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government….”.

So what is a republic and how does it differ from a democracy? Both forms of government can utilize a representative elected body but the difference is that a republic recognizes the rule of law is supreme. A system that protects the rights of the individual. A democracy is by majority rule, where the laws can change with the emotions of elected officials and pressures by the people who elected them, regardless of written laws because the laws can be changed to suit the majority, while ignoring the rights of the individual.

A Democracy produces a society where standards, morals, and the rights of the individual are overlooked to appease a majority that seeks to cure the ills that plague the people from the intrinsic characteristics that make them who they are in the first place. This is not to say that republicanism is a cure-all, but it provides a standard that stands the test of time by protecting the individual from the one thing that has never changed and will never change which is; human nature.

Human nature seeks righteousness, respect, happiness, justice, kindness and other fine attributes while it also creates  power, greed, sloth that tear apart a society. Our Constitution provides a stable foundation that protects life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

In a society where the people are ruled by a democracy and the majority always gets their way, how would your individual rights and property be protected? Could you enjoy a sugar saturated drink of any size you desire without harassment or penalty? They can’t in New York City. Could you own a weapon to protect yourself and family against harm, that has far more power and capacity than a would-be assailant? In New York State they cannot. What goes around comes around, and the Ohio State Legislature is considering this type of bill now.

Do not confuse liberty with freedom. They are not the same thing. True freedom is the ability to do whatever you please regardless of the consequences. Liberty is freedom coupled with morality. It is the conscious awareness that you are free to conduct your lives as you see fit, so long as all others can do the same without infringement on the rights of other people.

Our elected officials currently serving us at the state and federal levels (regardless of party), are not concerned with Article IV Sec. 4 of the Constitution. The passage of all legislation is based on the effect it will have on re-election and which party will retain power while under the guise of giving the people what they desire and need.


August 21st Meeting

During a July 14, 2009, address in Warren, Mich., Obama said, “Now, my administration has a job to do, as well, and that job is to get this economy back on its feet. That’s my job. And it’s a job I gladly accept. I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, ‘Well, this is Obama’s economy.’ That’s fine. Give it to me. My job is to solve problems, not to stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe.

All too often we have heard the current administration point the finger of blame at their predecessors. Obama asked for this economy. He campaigned for this economy. He spent millions to get it and was chosen to fix it just as he had promised. Promises like cutting the deficit in half, cutting wasteful programs and closing Guantanamo Bay to name a few. We are all still waiting. Pundits on the left have ignored these promises and now gladly perpetuate the class war and demonization of their opponents. Clearly the main-stream media has a leftist agenda.
At the 2008 DNC in Denver, Barack Obama said “If you don’t have a record to run on then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.” This has been the strategy of the left for the last several months and will only get worse as we approach election day.
The selection of Paul Ryan by Mitt Romney may shift the mudslinging back to the real problems facing our country today. Paul Ryan serves on the House Committee on the Budget, and Ways and Means Committee. He understands the fiscal problems we face, but his voting record speaks for itself about how he views the role of the federal government. The bills he has voted for listed below have significantly added to our debt or grown the size of government.
FOR the No Child Left Behind Act (2001)
FOR the Iraq war (2002)
FOR the Medicare prescription drug entitlement (2003)
FOR Head Start reauthorization (2007)
FOR Economic Stimulus Act (January 2008)
FOR extending unemployment benefits (2008)
FOR TARP (2008)
FOR GM/Chrysler bailout (2008)
FOR $192 billion anti-recession spending bill (2009)

That is the record that could “blur his image as deficit hawk.”

The notion that either party is dedicated to solving our fiscal crisis is absurd. They have proven time and again that the policies and bills presented for a vote are purely political posturing that looks no further than the next election cycle. This is a symptom that only term limits will cure. This You Tube video explains the sinking ship we are all on (at least for now).

This is why the answer to our country’s problems will not come from central government, but from the people.

Alexis De Tocqueville was a French philosopher who lived from 1805 to 1859. He wrote Democracy in America, based on his travels around the country. He made very insightful observations about democracy and the American Republic.

Tocqueville stated that the sovereignty of the people is deep-rooted and widespread. By this he meant that Americans have a say in, and are actively involved in, all aspects of their society. The sovereignty of the people includes their influence over their government, but it is bigger than that. It resonates throughout the culture. It is a mind-set. “Whenever the political laws of the United States are to be discussed, it is with the doctrine of the sovereignty of the people that we must begin….In America the principle of the sovereignty of the people is neither barren or concealed, as it is with some other nations; it is recognized by the customs and proclaimed by the laws; it spreads freely, and arrives without impediment at its most remote consequences. If there is a country in the world where the doctrine of the sovereignty of the people can be fairly appreciated, where it can be studied in its application to the affairs of the society, and where its dangers and advantages may be judged, that country assuredly is America”.

Tocqueville observed, the American government is nothing like the government in Europe, where the latter governments are central to European societies and lord over them, where their societies are formed and directed by their governments, and where their histories and experiences are far different in that they include life under tyrannies. In America, the government is innocuous and dispersed – that is, society does not evolve around the government. “Nothing is more striking to a European traveler in the Unites States than the absence of what we term the government, or the administration. Written laws exist in America, and one sees the daily execution of them; but although everything moves regularly, the mover can nowhere be discovered. The hand that directs the social machine is invisible”.

Alexis de Tocqueville’s observation of our society was the type of country our founding fathers envisioned. The sovereignty of the states and the people was the goal of a limited government with enumerated powers.

The behemoth government that has grown while we have been asleep at the wheel of the republic is in essence our own fault. The question remains as to what you will do about securing your liberties and freedoms as an ever increasing federal government seizes your pursuit of happiness right from under your nose.

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

 Alexis de Tocqueville

House Passes Bill Eliminating Senate Approval of Presidential Appointments

House Passes Bill Eliminating Senate Approval of Presidential Appointments.

We Are Under Attack!

We are under attack! In the past few months we have seen the true face of liberalism. We have seen the very things promised to us in the Declaration of Independence that are guaranteed to us by the Constitution, stripped from each and every American with hardly a whimper by the collective. Sure there have been outcries of constitutional grand larceny by those who are paying attention, but who is really paying attention?
Does the average person on the street know that the bill of rights has passed through a bi-partisan paper shredder in the past few months, and, that we have never seen the likes of this in recent history?
Each time Americans feel they have been dealt a serious injustice or feel they need protection from something they fear, they go running to their legislators to draft a bill to save them all from themselves. Be careful for what you wish for. By erecting legislative walls to preserve your standards of living, you are also limiting your freedoms. Once a lawmaker realizes they have votes behind a popular issue, they will ram it through the system. You had better hope that bill is to your liking or you’ll be losing something important to you.
Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
The NDAA which was signed into law on Dec. 31, 2011 authorizes “indefinite detention” of US citizens by federal officers or the military. It also gives them the authority to remove a threat to national security even if that threat is a citizen of the United States. Steve Chabot will tell you this is not true, but haven’t they already done this by taking out al-Awlaki with a missile fired from a drone. Where was due process? Is this any different than what al-Assad is doing to the people of Syria right now?
Several states are drafting legislation to make it illegal for a federal officer to detain a citizen of their state, a crime equal to kidnapping. Utah legislators have unanimously passed this and are now awaiting a signature from the governor.
The director of the FBI was asked if killing US citizens on US soil was permissible and he said it was unclear whether they had authority to do so. They must not have heard about the 4th Amendment.
The issue of mandating the providing of contraceptives even though it is against the core values of your religion is under attack. This was mandated by the president and then walked back to a more “palatable compromise” in hopes of the Catholic faith capitulating on the whole issue.
The Anti-Occupy Bill – Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, although it sounds like a landscaping project, strips us of our 1st Amendment rights. This bill potentially makes peaceable protest anywhere in the U.S. a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The bill expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it’s illegal.
Despite the good news the major national media focuses on each night, we cannot lose sight of the economic mess this country still faces. Here is a link with some interesting figures with links to back them up.

Steve Chabot – Does he get it?

On Monday I attended the Northwest Side Tea Party meeting to listen to what Steve Chabot had to say about his last year in congress. I was fully expecting to hear that he was engaged in drafting or supporting legislation that would protect our freedoms and liberties as well as keep us on a path to recovery. I guess I must have been dreaming.
The sad truth is that he had more to say about how the republicans are having such a hard time getting bills past the democrats in the Senate. He complained about Harry Reid and how his agenda was in the way of the house republicans’ efforts. He told us all that the media will not publish or comment on their press releases. Another excuse was that the media is focused on the republican candidates as they all tear each other apart. His excuses fell upon unsympathetic ears.

We need and deserve a strong representative in Congress. Steve Chabot is not that person.  Comments from the audience were more on the hostile side than friendly, and rightfully so. Congressman Chabot heard complaints about his voting record and his inability to get the message out to the people about what he is doing in Washington.

I asked him about the campaign signs I saw all over town in the fall of 2010 with his name and the slogan “Stop the Spending” and why the GOP led house has increased our national debt in just the last ten months, over $1 trillion in new spending. Again his excuse was that the White House and the Senate has blocked their efforts to get things done.  I agree that they have some high hurdles, but our economy, security and freedoms are riding on their efforts which are falling far short of expectations.

I told him that they need to stop letting the press be their mouthpiece by using press releases and go to the news media themselves and give their own time with an interview so that they can report first hand about the direction our country needs to go. I’m sure any local station in town would jump at the chance to have their congressional rep. as the headliner on the 6 pm news.

The stakes are to high and time is running out (if you consider what this country has become in the past several years) for our elected officials to conduct their business as they have done in the past.

The game is changing, and changing fast.  Is Steve Chabot up to the task?  Does he get it?

Please contact Steve Chabot with your thoughts:

Congressman Steve Chabot (OH-01)

2351 Rayburn House Office Building

Office: 202-225-2216

January 11 Meeting

Solutions Are For The Benefit Of The Political Status Quo

As we were duped yet again by our lawmakers in Washington, the Super Committee was unable to come up with a plan to cut $1.2 trillion from the budget over a ten year period. Yes you read it right, not a one year or five year, a ten year period.  During this same time frame the US government will have spent $45 trillion. Not a single member of Congress has the spine to tell the American people that when cuts are made, it will directly affect some of us, but in the long run, help us all. With a major election coming, no one wants to be the harbinger of bad news. Every decision they make is (while its under the guise of helping those in need or despair) weighed against the possibility of losing votes.

In the end, it’s the American people that lose because all solutions are for the benefit of the political status quo.

Game show host Chuck Wolery came up with his own suggestions on how we can cut $1.2 trillion from our federal budget.  It may be funny but how hard can it really be? The Super committee didn’t even try.

Far too many people still don’t understand that we live in a republic and not a democracy, here’s a link to help with any confusion you might have.

The Constitution is the highest law of the land. America is a government based on the Rule of Law. Therefore, the law must be adequate to ensure government compliance with and accountability to the Constitutions. Currently, no such language exists within the Constitutions. Please visit and read the petition to amend the Constitution of the State of Ohio to protect Ohioans from an out-of-control federal government and retain our sovereignty. Also visit the Tenth Amendment Center or you can subscribe and follow them on Facebook.

On January 26, there will be a meeting on how to prepare yourself and family for a man-made or natural disaster.  Given the current fiscal situation of our country, it can’t hurt to be prepared. This event will be at the Madeira Public Library, 7200 Miami Ave. at 7:00 pm. I can take three others if you care to join me.

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