How Do We Keep Our Republic?
October 14, 2020By Frederick James
“Its a republic, madam, if you can keep it.” Benjamin Franklin stated this to a woman, Elizabeth Willing Powell, who asked him a question as he emerged from one of the meetings of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Can the republic forged in the United States of America survive the Coronavirus, the deliberate assault on President Trump, racial tensions, cancel culture, corrupted media, and a spurious Democratic Party?
The history of our republic has been hijacked by the progressive liberals who support the canceling of US history. Historic statues ripped from their pedestals along with their individual stories from history are now allowed by mayors and governors across the republic.
Antifa and Black Lives Matter have actually torn at the seams of the First Amendment’s right to freedom of speech. If you disagree with their rhetoric and lies then your rights are violated and taken away while the governments elected to protect and enforce the law join the offenders. You are also labeled racist. This is unacceptable and disgraceful.
This republic was founded in a time when there was no precedent for such a government. Monarchies and ethnically homogenous societies existed in the 18th Century when America appeared. The light of liberty shattered the old world governments of darkness and human suffering. Authoritarian rule tried its best to rear its ugly head in the decades and centuries after the American Republic emerged from the monarchial rule of the British Empire. However, Americans pushed forward to keep the republic alive through electing qualified local and national government officials who knew what it took to sustain the government of the United States.
James Madison wrote in Federalist Paper No 10, “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”
When factions, like the present situations in Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York violate the rights of other citizens and the property of other citizens this is unconstitutional. Where are the executive branches of government? Why are these groups permitted to alleviate the law without blame or prosecution? These are a minority of the populations of these cities. Majority rules in this republic.
Civics is widely suppressed in the public schools through the Common Core Curriculum. A basic premise of our republic is that a legislative body makes a law and an executive body enforces those same laws. What is going on?
John Adams strongly believed in the education of the youth in order to convey the theories, doctrines, and ideas of republican government. This is being abolished. Only Math and Science matter even in the face of total failure by science to battle the Wuhan Virus from China. Science in this arena is a failure to the people and, simultaneously, this science has been expropriated by politicians for their own gain.
Chief Justice John Roberts before the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump wrote a report of what was expected of the Senate and everyone else: Adam White, in the Atlantic Magazine writes from Justice Roberts, “People must invest themselves in the preservation of constitutional democracy. ‘Each generation,’ he wrote, ‘has an obligation to pass on to the next, not only a fully functioning government responsive to the needs of the people, but the tools to understand and improve it.’ For Roberts, this requires civic education—and something more fundamental than that, too.”
White says, “He illustrated his point with a founding-era episode involving the nation’s first chief justice, John Jay. After Jay committed to joining Alexander Hamilton and James Madison in writing essays in defense of the proposed constitution, Jay was seriously wounded by a mob of New Yorkers who had been whipped into a frenzy by rumors of grave robberies. Jay’s wounds derailed his involvement in our nation’s greatest work of political philosophy, The Federalist Papers. ‘It is sadly ironic,’ Roberts wrote, ‘that John Jay’s efforts to educate his fellow citizens about the Framers’ plan of government fell victim to a rock thrown by a rioter motivated by a rumor.’”
National news agencies have dwarfed into rumor mills of politically correct and racially satisfying reporting. People are injured and killed because of mob rule and the neglect in finding the truth. News today is rumor. It is divisive.
How Do We Keep The Republic
White continues, “The relevance between Jay’s day and modern day America is clear: ‘In our age,’ Roberts wrote, ‘when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, there is even greater danger that political passions can turn us against one another, or against constitutional government itself.’”
“He emphasized judges’ particular role as ‘a key source of national unity and stability,’ but his obvious and profound point was that ‘those values are needed among more than just judges.”
The main point of this article then arises from Franklin’s question. How do we keep this republic? The innate design of the Constitution cannot maintain the republic. It is only words on pages.
The ideas need to be sustained by citizens and elected officials who contrive plans, laws, and programs for the betterment and protection of all citizens, not just some.
The Intemperate actions of a few people of one race do not permit another race to do the same prejudicial things against that blamed race.
Additionally, the concept of the Separation of Powers acts on the impulses against one of the three branches of government to consolidate too much unauthorized power. The Senate is charged with approving presidential appointments through hearings and questionings based on the qualifications of the nominee.
The president is expected to act with “the steady administration of the laws, the security of liberty against the enterprises and assaults of ambition, of faction, and of anarchy,” as Hamilton discussed in Federalist No. 70.
Hamilton and Madison advocated virtue and self-restraint on the part of governing and on the part of citizen responsibility towards that government. The Judiciary is designated with interpreting the laws made by Congress and signed by the president through court cases involving the people and industry.
White states in his article:"The Constitution needs republican virtue not just in the three branches of government but also in the people whom the government serves and is accountable to. Long before Justice Roberts wrote his year-end letter, Hamilton and Madison filled The Federalist Papers with warnings about ‘passions’ that inflame public opinion and prevent reasoned deliberation.
“Hamilton introduced this theme at the very outset, in Federalist No. 1, presenting the Constitution’s ratification debates as an opportunity to see ‘whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice,’ and to decide the debates not as a competition of narrow interests but with a view to ‘patriotism, to heighten the solicitude which all considerate and good men must feel for the event.’
“Madison emphasized it, too. Recognizing that the public will always be impassioned by politics, he observed in Federalist No. 49 that the process and structure of our federal government will help to transform the public’s passions into a less impassioned public reason, so the public’s ‘reason, alone would control and regulate the government,’ while the government would control the people’s passions.
“But this approach presumes that an impassioned public is willing to be controlled. If the public persists in its impassioned state, it will eventually have the opportunity to overcome whatever limits the government tries to put on the impassioned majority. Only with the virtues of self-restraint urged by Madison and Hamilton in their time can the country avoid the national self-immolation that the Founding Fathers feared” in our own time.
The founders themselves also believed this new republic could not last without the principles of Christianity. Self-restraint would be enhanced by a people steeped in the doctrines of God and the Bible. The teachings of Jesus were embedded into the colonists hearts and minds through the Protestant movements. Biblical teachings dictated the elements of family life, church life, and civil society. Without Christianity the republic would die.
Where is the voice of the “impassioned majority“ today? Antifa and Black Lives Matter are of the minority opinion in the country. The silent majority is not acting. Many feel they will act in the upcoming presidential election where President Trump will win re-election.
This could guide the republic back toward the beliefs of the founding fathers. The voice of the majority will right the disgraceful wrongs perpetuated by the evil Democrats led by Schumer, Pelosi, Nadler, Jeffries, and AOC. The people will rise from the ashes of the Coronavirus, the riots, the violent protests, and the wasteful actions of the Democrats and the mainstream media.
The republic will be kept for now. Joe Biden and his cronies are the antithesis of republican government as birthed by the founders. Hamilton, Madison, Carroll, Blount, Morris, Dickinson, Sherman et al will win in the end. The great experiment in democratic government will produce more positive energy in the realm of self-rule.