Friday, June 4, 2010

Bloviation and Blunder

In a profound demonstration of ignorance, some of the talking heads, including a local on WILK News Radio, were complaining that the textbooks our children learn from may soon strike the language that defines the United States as a “Democracy” and replace it with the term “Constitutional Republic.”

It has been asked “is this because they want to strike the word Democracy from our language because it sound like Democrat?” Or, was it “because the word Republic is closer to the word Republican?”

No, you can take your tin foil hat off, it isn’t because of that. It’s just because it is a fact.

The United States is a Constitutional Republic.

The Constitution of the United States guarantees to every state a Republican form of government. That is, no state may join these United States unless they are a Republic since the United States is organized into a Republic.

Article 4 Section 4 of the Constitution contains what is sometimes called the “Guarantee Clause.” It states:

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”

As a matter of fact, when the founders developed the Constitution, they specifically wanted to avoid the formation of a Democracy.

If you read the Federalist Papers (you know, in books) James Madison states in No. 10:

“Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever 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.”

So, a word of advice – before you start spouting off about books and changes to the books that we teach our children with, you might actually want to read a book or two.

Children are indoctrinated with all sorts of crap in our schools. That is true. But this item, suggested in the changes by the Texans, is far from it.