“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
As I scroll through my news feed on Facebook, something has become abundantly clear to me. It’s extremely disturbing for me to acknowledge that a seemingly large number of folks on “The Right” also have absolutely no idea as to what type of government our Founding Fathers blessed us with. I mean, ever since I woke up, and “Outgrew Leftism”, I’ve known that “The Left” has no idea of how our system of government is supposed to work, nor do they have a desire to learn. But, it hurts my heart to see that so many on “The Right” have also chosen “rational ignorance”, in regards to understanding our American Government.
Allow me to share a little history. According to the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of the delegates from Maryland to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, an unidentified lady walked up to Benjamin Franklin and asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin’s response, as documented by Dr. McHenry, was “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Folks, our Founding Fathers, and the framers of our Constitution, went out of their way to make certain that the United States of America would not be a “Democracy”. Our nation was founded as a Republic. And not just any old Republic, but a Constitutional Republic. There are many resources that explain exactly what a Constitutional Republic is, but I like how succinctly it’s explained by the folks at TeamLaw.Org, who say:
A Constitutional Republic, by definition, has three principle elements:
- It is controlled by Law, at least by its Constitution;
- It recognizes the private independent sovereign nature of each man or woman of competent age and capacity; recognizing those people as the collective source of all authority in government [including but not limited to: the government’s claim to sovereignty; (which is actually the limited authority to administrate a small portion of said peoples’ collective sovereign authority); and,
- Regarding that individual sovereignty the government must therefore be representative in its nature.
Therefore, if a government can create or control its Law, obviously, Law does not control that government; such a government is not a Republic. A Republic must recognize that Law is unchangeable, or at least that it can only be changed by a higher source than government; this limitation does not limit the government from generating statutes in accord with both said laws and the Constitution; through which instrument, all of the authority the government can acquire from the people is acquired.
“A Constitutional Republic” is a government created and controlled, at least, by the Law of a Constitution. The Constitution of the United States of America was, in Law, foundationally based on the Bible, the Magna Carta, the principles of The Declaration of Independence and upon the experience of the people. Those documents recognize the divine nature of man’s creation, man’s sovereignty and man’s divine right to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness.
The most important thing that needs to understood, is that our Constitution was created to restrain and constrain the Federal Government, to prevent it from trampling and otherwise violating the Unalienable Rights of “We, The People”. However, it was never intended or desired to have every single adult being able to take part in the voting process. It particularly wasn’t intended or desired to have every single adult play a direct role in voting for which individual would occupy the office of the President of the United States. These men were wise, and they knew better than to do that.
In his final speech before the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the 81 year old Benjamin Franklin (he didn’t actually give the speech, because he was too weak at the time to deliver it) said to the Delegates:
In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other. I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain, may be able to make a better Constitution. For when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected? It therefore astonishes me, Sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded like those of the Builders of Babel; and that our States are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another’s throats. Thus I consent, Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best.
I hope everyone notices that from the very beginning of this country, when it comes to Presidential Politics, it has been “The Delegates” who make the final decision as to who will be the Presidential candidate for a particular party. Once the candidate is chosen, it has been “The Electors” who make the final decision as to who will be the President of the United States of America.
The question folks should be asking is, “How are Delegates chosen?”. There are multiple places that can explain it to you, but here it is in a nutshell.
Delegates to the national conventions are selected at the state level, according to rules and formulas determined by each political party’s state committee. While these rules and formulas can change from state-to-state and from year-to-year, there remain two methods by which the states choose their delegates to the national conventions: the caucus and the primary.
Folks, I hear a lot of Republicans complaining today about what happened on Friday with the Republican Delegates from Colorado, once again, the people crying the loudest have shown their rational ignorance. There was no deception that took place in Colorado. Just like there was no deception back in 2012 when Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich all failed to file the proper paperwork to have their names on the primary ballot in Virginia. Just like there was no deception in New York state, when Eric and Ivanka Trump failed to change their political affiliation from Democrat to Republican, in order to vote for their father as the Republican Presidential Primary candidate in their home state of New York.
Donald Trump told Fox News in regards to his kids, “They were unaware of the rules and they didn’t register in time.” Just like they failed to know the rules/law in New York, they failed to know the rules/law in Colorado. There is a Latin phrase that goes, “ignorantia legis neminem excusat”. That translates into “ignorance of law excuses no one”. Folks, the Trump campaign dropped the ball, that’s it, plain and simple. Maybe Trump should call everyone on his campaign staff into the board room, and ultimately tell Jim Baker, his State Director for Kansas and Colorado…