Wednesday, May 13, 2009

American Government 101: This is NOT a Democracy!

The American Form of Government

The above video gives a great short lesson on how this is a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy, not an oligarchy, and certainly not a dictatorship.

i don't agree with everything said, such as the statement that dictatorships never really exist because in so-called dictatorships it is actually a small group who rule - which is an oligarchy. That may be true to some extent, but I think Hitler, Stalin, and Mao, for example, really did call the shots, with a loyal core cadre in agreement, rather than the small group deciding things with equal authority and then the dictator being merely the public face. That happens, but not always.

And certainly there will be libertarian anarchists who will disagree with the video's characterization of anarchy.

But it does give an excellent description of why this is not a democracy, which is something all too many Americans just don't get.

This is a Constitutional Republic, with the whole point being to secure and protect the pre-existing, unalienable rights of people. Those rights can be abused and violated by the one, the few, or the many and so a Constitutional Republic strives to shield those rights against all arbitrary power, including the power of the majority.

This is not rule by the majority, but rule by law, with the supreme law being a Constitution that intentionally divides and limits power, with a Bill of Rights added as an additional shield to protect you against the will of the majority or the will of powerful politicians.

Stewart Rhodes


jon said...

it's generally understood that the majority of people who use the word "anarchy" intended to use the word "chaos." even the founders themselves did not fully understand the distinction.

i won't launch into a diatribe on it; i only intend to point out that the video is understandable.

i will point out that the unifying concept remains: liberty.

JAY said...

I appreciate some of this post, however, there is some misunderstanding about anarchy. See here for a clearer explanation:

JAY said...

The cartoon also suggests that the history that the government writes and teaches in public schools is correct. This is not so.

Opus #6 said...

Good video for laymen. I will post it to my blog. Thanks for sharing it.

Stewart Rhodes said...

Yep, just as I expected, some folks will take exception to its depiction of anarchy - I expect some of my friends to be among them!

It's not a perfect video by any means, but it certainly is better than the shoddy education most get about government in public schools.


Ron Russell said...

You are completely correct this is not a democracy and has never been and such a thing was never the intent of the founding fathers. One man one vote is the cry of the left and should never be adopted. The founders knew that the powers to govern rested in the states and not with the central government. The founders also had doubts about the common man and his ability to understand the complicated issues of governing. True is the masses have no idea of what government is about. What little information they have come from dubious sources to say the least.

Triedbyconscience said...

Then to top that off, the people in a democracy are unlimited in their power over other people, the majority tends to have sway over the minority to the point of removing votes, removing other rights, and reducing them to slavery.

See the Federalist 51, and 57, about elective despotism, tyranny of the majority, and read 'The Rights of Man'.

Jason Leverette said...


The "Eligibility" cases brought forward to several courts in the nation have been 'denied' with flimsy, ignorant and fraudulent reasons from all of the Attorneys General of each state!

The same answers are given by spineless Attorneys General of each state in "Fraud and Treason" (Eligibility) cases brought forward by lawyers representing active duty and retired enlisted and officers with the rank of 0-9, Lieutenant General!

Attorney General, Eric Holder, and U.S. Attorney, Jeffrey Taylor of the 3rd District Court of the District of Columbia have jurisdiction over Washington, D.C.. These two individuals are 'completely' aware of the 'Quo Warranto' cases received in their offices by certified mail from Attorneys Orly Taitz , Phillip Berg and several more.

The Justice Department has requested several delays to answer to the Courts request for discovery. I believe the last delay ends June 21, 2009 for presentments of discovery by Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., AKA Barry Soetoro, et cetara.

Discovery will prove Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., AKA Barry Soetoro, is in fact guilty of fraud and treason against the United States-"We the People..."-or that he is in fact a "NATURAL BORN CITIZEN."

This is a fact from the very foundation of United States Constitution: Article II, section 1, paragraph 5.
“No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.”

Section 4 - Disqualification

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Amendment 20 - Presidential, Congressional Terms. Ratified 1/23/1933. History
Amendment 25 - Presidential Disability and Succession. Ratified 2/10/1967. Note History

"As a Kenyan native, Barack Hussein Obama Sr. (Deceased) was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.'s children."

Barack Hussein Obama II is a child of Obama Sr., thus former Senator Obama was a British subject (British citizen) at birth, and not a natural born U.S. Citizen.

The Congress, Federal Grand Jury and the 3rd District Court of the District of Columbia are the ONLY three entities for recourse for Impeachment!

If these three entities refuse to answer the indictments brought forward…then the case[s] can be referred to the Supreme Court Justice who is assigned to the 3rd District Court of the District of Columbia for a hearing.

§ 212. Citizens and Natives.


The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.

As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights…I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country.

The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. We shall soon see whether, on their coming to the years of discretion, they may renounce their right, and what they owe to the society in which they were born.

I do NOT believe Obama’s attorneys will appeal a guilty charge. They will present a plea and Joe Biden will become a temporary president for no longer than 90 days or until an election is called. Obama will be fined and deported to Kenya, Africa with his family.

Everything that has happened during Obama’s time as president will be ERASED as though it never happened! Research links below:

Semper Fidelis,
Jason Leverette

Auntie Em said...

Hmmm I'm a Libertarian but would certainly not go for anarchy. We are definitely supportive of the Constitution, more so than Republicans here lately!

Great video though.

All these politicians are taking their orders from the Bilderberg Group anyway.

Anonymous said...

Look up Congressman Larry McDonald on Google video for an interview he did on CNN back in the early 1980s. He was related to General Patton, and he knew what was going on in this country.

CaptGooch said...

Jason Leverette said...
The "Eligibility" cases brought forward to several courts in the nation have been 'denied' with flimsy, ignorant and fraudulent reasons from all of the Attorneys General of each state!
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Semper Fidelis,
Jason Leverette
May 14, 2009 3:45 PM


First of all Thank You for your service to our country as a Marine.

Now ....
This is Oath Keepers NOT Obama Bashers or the "Supreme Court" where you can argue your case on his nationality.

Our ONLY concern here is the Oath we all took even Mr Obama.
His Failure to Keep that Oath is our concern NOT his citizenship or lack thereof.

I am removing your post and will remove any other posts that do not primarily concern Oath Keepers. Our Constitutional Republic is at stake we do not have time or bandwidth enough to waste.

Why not start your own blog ?
Where you could rant and rail to your hearts content.

Oath Keepers is NOT the place for it.

Stewart Rhodes said...

The main problem with Jason's comment is that it is so long AND off topic. I really don't mind folks chiming in once in while on something they think important, but if it is off topic, keep it short and include one or two links to a longer dissertation.

I would only delete extremely long off topic comments or repeat offenders who abuse our otherwise very tolerant comment policy.


CaptGooch said...

Aye Aye Stewart.
Jasons scree Stays.

To All:
Let us try to stay on mission here can we ?

Mr Obama is considering using the "Preventative Detention" option and classifying anyone he chooses an "enemy combatant" which according to this administration cancels the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We May be needing Oath Keepers to stand tall any minute now.

There is apparently not much time left ....
Reach, Teach and Inspire as if your country depended on it .... because .... it does.

Not on Our Watch