Democracy is not very democratic. And the Democrat Party even less so.
Democracy, at its root, is mob rule. The history of politics tells one story, endless repeated in endless variations on the theme: politics is an endless struggle between the elite and the commoner, with the elite using wealth to ensnare the commoners, and the commoners using their numbers to erect a tyrant to punish the elite.
When the elite prevail, the balance is broken, the rich and powerful combined against the poor, and the laws themselves become an instrument of oppression. But when the mob prevails, one terrible temptation sucks at the soul of any democratic state: from the proposition that the majority wins all votes, comes the false idea that the majority is right, and this, in turn, promotes the idea that might makes right.
Democracies, left to themselves, tend to slide into realpolitik. Athens, when it slew Socrates, butchered Melos, betrayed Alcibiades, and attacked Syracuse is a prime example of a cynical state following the expediency of might makes right.
Democracy is not a protector of individual rights â€“ quite the opposite. A mob is more likely to trample the rights of an individual than an aristocracy. Indeed, in the Twentieth Century, the countless deaths at the hands of socialists â€“ both international socialists in Russia and national socialists in Germany â€“ all happened in the name of the people, the folk, the worker, the common man.
Now, the Roman Republic, and, later the princedoms of the Middle Ages hedged about their government with certain laws and customs which restricted the mob or the monarch from too much power.
Like all mortal things, both eventually succumbed to temptations of the power-hungry. In the case of the Romans, the growth of the Patrician class led to endless civil wars, which ended only when the military elevated Augustus to supreme commander-in-chief, that is, Imperator.
The balance between the commons, the Church, the monarchy and the nobility which in the Middle Ages restricted many a king from interfering in the folk law or the canon law was eroded by the development of absolute monarchs, and ended with the establishment of national churches under control of secular monarchs.
When the founding fathers drafted the US Constitution, it was with these and many other historical examples in mind. Our ‘monarch’ is a temporary elected office, like the consul of the Romans, and his power is hedged in by the Senate. Like a medieval king, he can make no ruling on matters of doctrine and Church discipline: the First Amendment forbids it.
The checks and balances in the Constitution are meant to hinder the emergence both of the oligarchy or plutocracy beloved of the elite, but also to hinder the emergence of the mob and its demagogue. In American history, this tension has always been between the individualist party, the Republicans, who believe in the Rights of Man, private property, and individual merit, and the Democrat party, the Progressives, who believe in none of these things.
Racism is the ultimate example of non-individualism in action. Racism is basically a mob reaction to a mob of strangers differing in the one matter over which no one has any control. It is monarchy writ large: everyone is born into his rank in society by the rank of his father, and no one may change. Racism is natural to mob-rule and tyranny in the same way that individualism is natural to Republicanism.
President Jackson, Democrat, expelled the Indian tribes along the Trail of Tears in an act only mildly less evil than genocide. His reasoning was Melian: might makes right. When the Supreme Court declared the action unconstitutional, he famously, and lawlessly, called on the Supreme Court to enforce the law. He failed to note that as the supreme executive officer of the land, that was his job, which he did not do. It was not his job to make or interpret laws, which his decree removing the Indian tribes was.
Jefferson Davis, Democrat, led the rebellion of the secessionist states of the South, who let the Union rather than submit to the administration of the first Republican President, Lincoln, and rather than settling the dispute about slavery according to law.
After the war, the guerrillas who continued the fight against Negroes and Catholics were the Ku Klux Klan, founded by Nathan Bedford Forrest, Democrat.
Democrats opposed the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. The 13th banned slavery. The 14th effectively overturned the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision. The 15th gave ex-slaves the right to vote.
Woodrow Wilson, Democrat, segregated the Armed Forces and installed “whites only” signs on water fountains and bathrooms in Federal Buildings.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Democrat, ordered the internment of the Japanese of California during World War Two.
The Jim Crow Laws existed only the Democrat controlled Southern states.
George Wallace, Democrat, announced “Segregation Forever” in his gubernatorial speech, and made his famous stand in the schoolhouse door, please note, again, in defiance of law and order.
Orval Faubus, Democrat, called up the Arkansas National Guard to enforce segregation, yet again, in defiance of law and order.
Bull Connor, a member of the Democrat National Committee, who turned the hoses on the marchers in Birmingham.
William Fulbright and Al Gore, Sr., Democrats, filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as did Exalted Cyclopes of the KKK, Robert Byrd, Democrat.
Three-fourths of House Democrats voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Bill, and eight tenths of the Senate Democrats.
The idea that all these racists in one single evening by magic changed from Democrat to Republican is absurd. What happened is that Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1963 realized that what Dems could not win by force, they could win by rhetoric.
Johnson, Democrat, is on tape saying these words: “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference… I’ll have them n****rs voting Democratic for the next two hundred years”.
The “little something” just enough to quiet them down is the Great Society programs, the Welfare State. Welfare in effect pays women to birth bastards but cuts off payment if they get married. Likewise, if an able-bodied man finds a job.
History proves LBJ’s cynical calculus correct: to this day, nine out of ten blacks vote for Democrats, who stoke mob violence and cop-hatred and race-hatred on a daily basis to keep those votes coming. Getting a black mob to burn down a black neighborhood, for the Democrats, is merely an added side benefit.
President Obama’s policy of ignoring the Constitution, using executive orders to make laws, selectively enforcing laws according to his political calculus, and basically having contempt for our Constitutional form of government is part and parcel of this whole Democrat tradition of contempt for law and order.
The other thing the Democrat party does and has always done is create as much power in as centralized a fashion as could be. This is only natural, since mobs want tyrants, and tyrants want mobs.
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John C. Wright is a retired attorney and newspaperman who was only once hunted by the police. He is a graduate of St. John College (home of Mortimer Adler’s “Great Books Program“). In 2004 he foreswore his lifelong atheism and joined the Roman Catholic Church. He has published over 10 SF novels, including one nominated for a Nebula award, and was described by Publisherâ€™s Weekly as “this fledgling centuryâ€™s most important new SF talent.” He currently lives in fairytale-like happiness with his wife, the authoress L. Jagi Lamplighter, and their four children.
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