Ramon Arias | June 24, 2013
You may consider my statement bold that throughout history, humans have only had two choices of government not created by man. You may also say, if man inhabits the earth, there can be no other source of human government, unless we let animals and the rest of nature rule over us.
It is true that for six thousands years the most common known form of government was a monarchy until the creation of the United States form of government. It is also true that humans, due to their ignorance, want other humans to rule over them, having the illusion that it is the only way to acquire security and well being. The Founding Fathers of this United States of America had their doubts about their new Republican experiment. Benjamin Franklin addressing the members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, warned about “The Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy”:
“There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if included, follow the example of Pharaoh— get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever…
I am apprehensive that the government of the States may, in future times, end in a monarchy.”
Benjamin Franklin also said: “Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” He was right, and it should give you chills to know where America is rapidly heading. The Founders were hoping that a Constitutional Republic would restrain evil man from taking over the nation, but as we know now that hasn’t worked.
The Founding Fathers also hated the concept of democracy: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams
“A simple democracy . . . is one of the greatest of evils.” – Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!” – Benjamin Franklin
“Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state, it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.” – John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration
“It may generally be remarked that the more a government resembles a pure democracy the more they abound with disorder and confusion.” – Zephaniah Swift, Author of America’s First Legal Text
“[D]emocracies 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.” – James Madison
For over one hundred years, the American people have swallowed the lie that we are a democracy. I know we have heard politicians, presidents, intellectuals and those of the world of academia say that we are a democracy and millions repeat the same mantra generation after generation. The world is evangelized with the idea of democracy as a means of freedom, peace and prosperity, but the results show that wars have been fought in the name of democracy; death and unimaginable destruction have been committed in the name of the democracy. Democracy has been the tool of dictators to consolidate power and spread misery.
History and the Founding Fathers are right about the evils of democracy; the rest are wrong. Do not forget that they also rejected the idea of a Republican form of government that leads to tyranny. They never envisioned a Republican pagan form of government.
The Pilgrims had it right when they wrote the Mayflower Compact stating the purpose for establishing the colony in the presence of God they signed the document. In part it says: “In the name of God, Amen… Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith…” This is the United States’ first fundamental document with the stated purpose. The Pilgrims knew about monarchies, republics and democracies but they only recognized the Sovereignty of God as the ruler over all nations past, present and future.
When Judge Nathaniel Freeman appointed members to the Massachusetts grand jury in 1802, he stated:
“The laws of the Christian system, as embraced by the Bible, must be respected as of high authority in all courts and it cannot be thought improper for the officers of such government to acknowledge their obligation to the government by its rule…
[Our government] originating in the voluntary compact of a people who in the very instrument profess the Christian religion, it may be considered, not as a republic Rome was, a pagan, but a Christian republic.”
Judge Freeman clearly understood the warnings of William Penn, “Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.” And, “It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.” – Patrick Henry
To be continued…
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