"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy
"The value of our nation depends on the value of the people and the people elected."
The failing of the 102 year old Progressive experiment - How the 17th Amendment changed America from a Republic into a Democracy by removing the state representation out of congress thus making the Senate irrelevant.
We The People 2020
Before I say anything about our federal government, there is one very important feature of our federal government that we as a people as a whole forgot: The states granted the federal government the power it has. The states can also remove the power from the federal government.
A Republic or Democracy?
When we say the Pledge of Allegiance: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
In the pledge there is a statement; (and to the Republic for which it stands) What is a Republic? Is our form of government a Republic today? You also hear people refer to our form of government as a Democracy. So, are we a Democracy or a Republic? There is a defining difference between the two, and, we need to decide what do we want to be. This is from an on line dictionary
In a Republic, is a sovereign state or country which is organized with a form of government in which power resides in elected individuals representing the citizen body and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law.
In a Democracy, it's further defined as (a:) "government by the people; especially: rule of the majority (b:) " a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections."
The difference between the two:
A Republic is where the people are represented by their representative and the representatives rule according to the law. (even if public opinion does not favor the law) Congress operates within the confines of the Constitution and the Constitution is the rule of law.
A Democracy is where the people are represented by their representative and the representatives rule according to public opinion (majority rules concept) by overstepping current written laws or even the Constitution. (People won't change law, just expect congress to rule according to public emotions) Immigration, same sex marriage, voter ID requirements, healthcare, are just a few examples of many in which congress enacted on issues solely based on public emotions by ignoring current law or the Constitution.
So how did we get from being a Republic into becoming a Democracy?
Prior to 1913 and the 17th Amendment the Senators were appointed by their state legislative. These two people were sent to Washington DC to represent their state government. This was the voice of the State Government, not the people of the state.
Between 1880 to 1920 there was a nation wide Progressive movement that wanted a direct "Democracy" in order to eliminate so called "government corruption." The progressives were socialist and wanted the federal government to start supporting social programs. (Remember according to the Constitution these programs were to be handled at the state level). Since the Senate was the main body of congress blocking their agenda, the Progressive felt the senators, favored businesses in their states over the people's social needs.
The Progressives were claiming the senators were not representing the people of the state fairly, and by having the senators appointed, the people had no choice of who was representing their state. Well, this propaganda scheme worked and the 17th Amendment passed. (The people now voted for the senators, senators were no longer appointed.)
After passing of the 17th Amendment, at the top of the progressives list was to introduce prohibition in order to destroy the political power of the local bosses based in the saloons. The progressives felt the Bosses were bringing in too much money and the workers were paid too little. (Income inequality even back then) The only way the Progressives could achieve a total Democracy and to pass prohibition. Ever since then, congress always ruled to the majority even though the laws being made were against the Constitution.
But let's look at how damaging it was for the United States when the Senate was changed from a Republic rule into a Democracy rule.
• Look at our federal court system today, look at how many activist judges that were appointed. They rule on minority opinion and not law. Look at our Supreme Court justices, they're all activist again ruling on the minorities feelings by going outside the confined of the Constitution.
• Look at some of the treaties we have signed where some required for the United States to have a limited military because other countries wanted to be as powerful as America.
• Look at some of the secretaries we appointed to our key agencies.
• Look at or current deficit, this was done by an overspending administration.
• Look at just how the federal government treats the people.
Here is a perfect example of a Democracy with the ACA. (ObamaCare)
Back in 2012 the House of Representatives passed the motion to repeal the Affordable Care Act. When that bill went to the Senate, the senate voted not to hold discussions for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. At that time 27 states had law suits filed in federal courts against the ACA along with 7 states speaking out against the ACA.
There were 18 Senators out of those 27 states whom voted NOT to begin discussions to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Those 18 Senators were voting strictly along party line and had no interest of how the Affordable Care Act was going to impact their States.
One can clearly see how our senate today is totally irrelevant. By the way the Senate is assembled and who the Senate is representing. The Senate is nothing more than an extension of the House and I feel the Senate should be stripped of all the "special powers" and the "special powers" of the senate should be handled at the Governor level. (See Political Parties below)
Without writing a 300 page report of the ill effects of our Democracy, I will explain how I will bring back the Republic back to our nation.
If elected President I would veto all bills that are not defined in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution.
Since our form of government shifted from a Republic into a Democracy, so has the leadership of our federal government. We went from an elected official leading our country, (as in a Republic) to the political parties leading our country (as in a Democracy). No longer we see an elected official, whom, the political party rallies around, instead what we see, is an elected leader conforming to the party platform.
While the federal government is becoming more involved in our individual lives, we are depending more on the federal government for our every day needs. This in-turn makes the people less dependent upon their states.The goal of the political parties is to do away with the states.
Political parties operate much like unions, and for you to vote, you have to be registered and register to a particular party. But unlike unions, you don't have to pay "dues" just for being registered to a political party. At least, not YET! I see a day in the near future where people will be paying dues to the political parties. I also see a day where we vote for the party and not for the person. We vote for the party and the chairman of the party becomes the president and state governments will become irrelevant. Does this sound familiar? It should, this is how the government in England is voted into power.
Can we stop this trend of returning back into England? Yes, we can! All we have to do is to return all of the governing authority of the individual back to the state level. (See my page on "Smaller Government)