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We are the Grant County Republicans. Some of us serve as local precinct officers and others are simply voters who agree with and believe that our nation, the United States of America, is best served by operating as a true republic.
You may be wondering what is meant by the word “republic” so let us explain ourselves.
In a democracy, the majority opinion makes all of the decisions. This sounds fine until you start to think about what could actually happen if the majority always got its way. What if the majority went a little crazy and decided that all people of one color or another color, or one ethnicity or another ethnicity, or one financial level or another financial level ought to be eliminated? Well, as extreme as it seems, if the majority voted that way, what would exist to stop it from happening? You would get chaos and revolution and we could quickly devolve from being a nation united into a nation untied.
Well, that has actually happened in the past. It happened during the days of the French revolution, (1789 – 1799) and the result was disastrous for the French people. About 50,000 people were guillotined and chaos reigned. Eventually a despot came to power (1799), Napoleon Bonaparte, and he proclaimed himself emperor and proceeded to conquer much of Europe and part of Russia. It took nearly fifteen years of extreme, bloody warfare to stop him and end his rule.
In their struggle to be free from Great Britain, our early American forefathers sought support from France. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson spent time there, looking for both financial and political support from the French Crown and the French aristocracy. They were also aware of the unrest and stirrings that were prevalent among the French people.
After we revolted from Great Britain and sought our freedom, (declared in 1776), the French people also revolted against their king in 1789.
It took some years for our early States (formerly British colonies) and Statesmen to work out how our government would finally be defined. The final process of drafting our Constitution (started in 1787) and getting it ratified by all thirteen States was completed in 1790.
Fortunately for us, our forefathers made great decisions in constructing our government with its system of checks and balances and the separation of powers.
Instead of setting up and defining our nation as a democracy where a majority (or mob) could possibly rule, they established it as a republic. In our republic, we elect representatives to speak for us and we also live by an established set or rules or law. We do not simply have majority rule. We actually live first by the rule of law, with the United States Constitution being our primary defining document, acting as a foundation stone for all of our other law.
Our Constitution defines several things for us.
It defines and guarantees our rights and freedoms.
It defines the value and worth of a single citizen (human being).
It declares that we are united as a nation (one) of individuals (many). E Pluribus Unum
This is why adding an amendment to the Constitution or changing it is such a serious thing. Change it and you redefine each of the three things above. We have to be very careful with our Constitution.
This is a major issue today.
Some people see the Constitution as a guide, something like a handbook to steer us along and as a means to get what we want. Our current President, Barack Obama, a progressive liberal, sees it this way. He has stated that there are things in it that he would like to have changed, that it is a very old document, and as such is not well adapted to serving the needs of a modern society.
Other people see the Constitution as the rock that defines us and is the thing which should not be viewed as viable to being changed at the whim and fancy of each generation. Make the Constitution a changeable document and the nation will drift every which way, according to the current custom, culture and trend. Change it and we will lose our nation and our lifestyle.
The Republican Mindset
If you are truly of a Republican mindset, you will see the law as something to be guarded and preserved. You do not make it or change it without serious consideration and where possible you try to keep it to its minimum size. You believe in law and understand that we need law for a society to function properly. But you do not see the manipulation of the law as a way to get the things that you want. Instead of the law being your means, you see it as a guide and an operating structure for daily living. You have a great respect for it. You do not abuse it or take advantage of it.
Now, we are clearly speaking in very idealistic terms, and it is clear from history, that some or many people who have been “Republicans” have not always lived by or followed what we have written here. But we think that this explanation and definition may help give some body or context to what it means to be a Republican.
The rule of law is very important to us. We believe that it is to be followed and honored. And as such it gives us protection against being taken over by either a mob or a despot.
The rule of law, starting with our Constitution and its Amendments, provides us with a stable and consistent platform for pursuing life. New law or amendments to law, come about through a defined legislative process, which includes voting upon things. That is the Democracy part of the equation. We elect, by vote, people who go to our places of government to serve. They in turn listen and effect legislation that comes at the request of the people, us. The legislation is supposed to assist us in living and providing for ourselves, it is supposed to protect us, it is supposed to serve us in a way that will improve, strengthen and enhance our nation and our national security. Obviously, not all legislation has been true to this and much of it has been passed for the purpose of serving the selfish needs of a few. But in theory, it should be for the overall good of the E Pluribus Unum idea.
So, we do not see being a Republican in the true sense of the word, as a bad or evil thing, as some would have you believe. It simply means that you believe in a representative government that is not defined by an undisciplined majority which could operate only upon its emotions and passions. That is a scary thought. It means instead that you believe that everyone must be governed by a rule of law and procedure, previously set down and agreed upon by our founding fathers to insure and preserve the integrity of this great nation.
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