Something to remember every day, especially on Constitution Day.
This great nation is often mistaken for a democracy. The fact is, it is a republic. The difference between the two is huge. A democracy is rule by the majority; in other words, if over half of the people in a democracy vote for something, it becomes law. Imagine you have very long hair, but the 20 people around you don’t like long hair, and wear their hair short. They hold a vote to make it law that you can only have short hair. They win the vote 20 to 1. You are now breaking the law unless you cut your hair. Sounds silly doesn’t it? This is a very basic example, but it must be for some folks to understand. Doesn’t seem fair that if the majority of the group can make laws for all of us, right? That is why we are not a democracy. The only part of our government that is a democracy is the way we vote for our legislators, and our president. Beyond that we are a republic. A republic is rule by law. Our laws are protected by the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, which were written for the sole purpose of protecting us from the legislators, and presidents that try to abuse their power. Our Senators and House members are supposed to uphold the existing laws we have, unless their constituents (you and me) ask them to make any changes to those laws. No changes can legally take place if they infringe on any of our rights, which are clearly stated in the Bill of Rights, no matter how many voters want the illegal change. That is why these rights are called inalienable rights. This is the most important, and most basic reason we must uphold the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Without these laws, the freedom promoting laws that ensure just legislation, we are powerless to see a fruitful future for ourselves and generations to come. We are a republic, governed by a democratic body of legislators who must be held in check by you and I, through the Constitution of the United States of America, and the powerful Bill of Rights.
Credit to Mike Roderickhttps://www.facebook.com/mike.roderick.167/posts/1184421614952195