Liberty or Democracy (you can’t have both)

Our country was not founded as a democracy. It was never intended to be a democracy. In fact, America’s founding fathers harbored an aversion to democracy. They were convinced it was contrary to liberty — and they were right. Dr. Walter E. Williams argues this point in his column entitled, “Democracy: Enemy of Liberty.

It reminds me of a couple of things:

  1. In the movie “The Patriot” Mel Gibson’s character, Benjamin Martin, is a member of the South Carolina legislature and is asked to support a vote in favor of the Declaration of Independence. He responds by saying, “Why should I trade one tyrant 3,000 miles away for 3,000 tyrants one mile away. An elected legislature can trample a man’s rights just as easily as a king can.” In that statement he reflected the sentiments of our founders toward democracy.
  2. The Bumper sticker of the day (see below)

Many Americans are quite ignorant of our founders’ attitudes regarding democracy and liberty. Which makes it not terribly surprising to find many ignoring the presidential campaign of the only man running who’s ideas of government are consistent with the founders. American’s have a notoriously short memory. We tend to think the Marxist ideas adopted by politicians in the 20th century reflect the “Spirit of America.” But America was founded on one principle…


Bumper sticker of the day


About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

One Response to Liberty or Democracy (you can’t have both)

  1. People are ignorant of what democracy and republic mean in the first place. Even more so the origins of the U.S. government.

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