Originally Published: August 17, 2000 7:15 p.m.
A liberal letter-to-the-editor writer attacks God-believing, conservatives, Christians and patriots, misleading readers that the USA's founding fathers did not envision it as a Christian republic.
The letter writer is a brain-washed victim of public education. Educators have implanted "our country is a democracy" in the minds of children, distorting the truth regarding our history, founders, heritage and Constitution.
Over the past eight years I have offered numerous examples of proof that our founding fathers created a God-based republic, not the godless democracy we now have. The founding fathers, including signers of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, created a republic. They warned against a democracy. Politicians and bureaucrats have converted our republic into a democracy.
In "Rebirth Of A Nation," the founders created "a constitutional republic with individual liberty, elected representatives and limited government. They nailed down the powers, and assured the individual's defense of his pursuits of life, liberty, property and happiness, those inalienable rights the Creator endowed. A republic in which the power to govern had devices, with checks and balances, to stop tyrants in their tracks.
A democracy is where half plus one can squash the rest, where a fanatical majority can deprive individuals of rights, life and property. The founders knew that democracy with its excesses, its leveling down process, its inherent seeds of destruction was not what they wanted to create.
They knew Plato's warning that unrestricted democracy must result in a "dictatorship." It is obvious that democracy has and is leading us down the path to socialistic dictatorship!
Democracy is not in the Constitution. Article four, section four states, "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government."
Following his signing of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin was asked, "Dr. Franklin, what have you given us?" His reply was, "You have a republic, if you can keep it." We have not kept it, we have permitted politicians and bureaucrats to create a dictatorial democracy.
Author Florence King in "Democracy," wrote, "Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism." Our 21st century "political-bureaucratic democracy" has permitted the growth of private power through out-of -control campaign financing.
Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1938 message to Congress stated, "Liberty is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the state itself. That is fascism, ownership of government by individuals, groups or any controlling power."
Bertrand Russel: "Democracy as conceived by politicians is a method of making people do what their leaders wish under the impression that they are doing what they themselves wish."
Arthur Schlesinger: "The first rule of democracy is to distrust all leaders who begin to believe their own publicity." Gwen Hill's "Bill and Al's Traveling Medicine Show" in the New York Times quoted Clinton, "The central tenet in every democracy is trust." He should practice what he preaches!
In 1892 the Supreme Court ruled, "Our laws and institutions must necessarily be based upon the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. Webster wrote, "Our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment." Liberals, new agers and atheists preach the lie that the principle of "separation of church and state" eliminates all religion from government.
Christianity astonished the world by establishing self-government, the foundation stone of the USA. The freedom of the first amendment from federal interference is not from religion but for religion in the constituent states.
The closing words of the Declaration of Independence state, "With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, fortunes and sacred honor." God save our Republic!
(Thom Strawn was a political activist for 30 years and is now a prime-time TV and radio talk show host residing in Prescott.)