Being an American is an Individual experience.

As stated many times over the last few years I’ve stopped watching or listening to most “news” networks.  Beside the fact that they rarely report anything new, the propaganda is over the top.  When I do tune in I have become numb to verbiage like “racist” or “bigot” or “nazi”.

My pulse doesn’t jump, my heart doesn’t race.  I simply yawn and turn the channel. There is one phrase though, or its derivative, that drives me nuts and I hear it constantly from “educated” mouthpieces.

“We are a Democracy.”

“We are losing our Democracy”.

“Our Democracy is under attack.”

I’ve even heard this stated by REPUBLICAN politicians.

Now this isn’t a new phenomenon nor is it something I haven’t addressed many times in the past.

I have, but let me say it again for all the “educators, teachers, media chatter boxes, etc”.

The United States of America is NOT a Democracy.

Never has been, never will be.

Even if America repeats our history and succumbs to another War Between the States (nothing civil about war) we still will not be a Democracy.

I’m not sure what we will be after that but I can guarantee it won’t be a Democracy.

Democracy is the fourth option in a sliding slope known as Socratic Theory.

Not Socratic Method.

Socratic Theory.

Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, Tyranny.

Due to time constraints, I’m not going to walk, through them all.  For those who want a more in depth understanding of this please go to our website and find the column titled Article 4, Section 4.

It explains in depth why we are not a Democracy.  It also explains what we are.

A Constitutional Republic.

Of course in today’s society we have the “academicians” and the “experts”.

The “historians” and the heretics who drone on and on parsing words, conflating issues and many times simply lying.

We don’t do that here.

Here, we believe communication is found in clear, concise and truthful statements.

Purity is found in simplicity.

There are, right and wrong answers, in life.

Good and Evil, both do indeed, exist.

The moral American doesn’t live under Fifty Shades of Grey.

To put it simply Democracy is the last stop before Tyranny.

It’s not my theory.

Argue with Socrates and Plato.

Men like James Madison and Alexander Hamilton did not want Democracy so they took some of its positives and created a completely new system we now refer to as a Constitutional Republic.

This system is completely removed from Democracy.

It’s easy to understand.  It’s quite simple.

Democracy allows the “majority” of the group to dictate to the “minority”.

The idea of a Republic was to guarantee certain Freedoms, to the Individual, regardless of who or whom was in the “majority”.

At the time these Freedoms were referred to as Rights, and they were documented in written form on parchment and referred to as the Constitution of the United States.

There’d never been anything quite like it in history, or anything, since.

The Magna Carta was used as a reference point, but just like Democracy, was a completely different system than the Republic now known as the United States of America.

The protection of the Individual known as American, guaranteed very specific Rights, to ensure the opportunity of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness found in the former Declaration, heard around the world.

These concepts and written absolutes resonated across the globe because at their core they tell us what we inherently know.

They reaffirmed the thoughts of Adam Smith.

Life is an Individual experience.

It is, has, and always will be.

Democracy was the rotting molding fruit, found on the ground, and turned into a 1st Amendment fine wine.

Those lucky enough to drink from the cup of Freedom realized that first found fruit came from ever fertile ground gifted by a greater hand than their own.

The hand that granted Free Will also granted the ability to understand the difference between  Freedom and Oppression.

The difference between the Individual and the Group.

The difference between guaranteed Rights and the drunken swaying back and forth of the Majority.

Still, the United States Constitution is only as strong as those Individuals who require it be enforced.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Our country is asking.

It’s time to give her an answer.

Jason Kraus

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