Letters to the Editor

Return America to roots, a constitutional republic

James Madison stated in the Federalist Papers: "Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."

The Founding Fathers abhorred democracy because it is the rule of man. They established this country as a representative republic that would rule by laws instituted by a legislature of representatives.

In 1905, the Intercollegiate Socialist Society was formed to "throw light on the worldwide movement of industrial democracy known as socialism." Democracy was never used before to describe our constitutional republic. The society used a snappy slogan: "Production for use, not for profit." Many big celebrities in movies, media and government were among the earliest of its recruits. President Woodrow Wilson promoted this with a newly formed office of propaganda.

The U.S. training manual No. 2000-25 published in 1928 defines democracy as "government of the masses" or a "mobocracy" that results in demagoguism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy." A lynch mob is the purest form of democracy; majority rules.

For the past 100 years, progressives have incrementally taught us that democracy will "progress" pass the Constitution. Progress to what? There is either freedom or oppression.

This quote says it best: "A democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch."

It is time we demand a return to the freedom of a constitutional republic.

Paul C. McCue Bluffton