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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 5, 2012/ 19 Tishrei, 5773

America is Not a Democracy

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Founding Father Samuel Adams once said, "Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There has never been a democracy that did not commit suicide." All of our Founding Fathers knew this to be true. That's why they created the United States of America to be a Republic, NOT a Democracy. So if you thought we lived in a Democracy, you're wrong, but don't feel bad because it's not your fault.

Most of us grew up believing that America was a pure Democracy. Our country has always been described to us as a Democracy in our school textbooks, educational programs, on TV, in movies, and in the news media. Even our politicians speak of "our democracy," by which they mean American Democracy. The fact is we are a Republic. There is a very good reason that our Pledge of Allegiance refers to our country as a Republic and there is a very good reason that our Declaration of Independence and our constitution do not even mention the word "democracy."

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under G0d, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The Founding Fathers instituted a form of government guided by the rule of law rather than the desires of a majority of voters. They understood that a Democracy is always in flux and given to "mob rule," while a Republic is fixed and stable, resting on "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's G0d." Because of the uncertainty of democracy, Benjamin Rush - a signer of the Declaration of Independence - wrote: "A simple democracy is one of the greatest of evils."

The "evils" Rush understood in Democracy are evident when we compare the basis for rights in a Democracy with the basis for rights in a Republic. In a Democracy, rights ultimately flow from the majority, and every right - from keeping and bearing arms to possessing private property - is recallable if the party in the majority so decides. In a pure democracy, 51% beats 49%. In other words, the minority has no rights. The minority only has those privileges granted by the dictatorship of the majority.

In the constitutional Republic that our Founders intended America to be, rights are seen as coming from God and because of this, are unassailable by government (regardless of which party is in the majority). In the Declaration of Independence these unassailable rights were described as "unalienable" and were clearly presented as rights over which the government has no say. God's rights cannot be taken away by man.

The men who founded America knew that government could never be trusted to "do the right thing" and people need to be protected from their own government going too far. Furthermore, a Republic and a Democracy are identical in every aspect except one. In a Republic the sovereignty is in each individual person. In a Democracy the sovereignty is in the group.

Many think that a pure Democracy is the fairest way to make laws and procedures to govern people. Nothing could be further from the truth. If the majority has evil or self-serving intentions, then the minority will suffer under the rules and regulations of the majority. Think about the United Nations. Many of the nations in the UN are not freedom-loving or pro-Western and yet they have an equal vote along with free nations. In the case of the Middle East, Israel is the ONLY nation in that region that honors freedom and liberty. In any Democratic vote of all Middle Eastern countries, Israel will lose every time.

The Palestinian people in Gaza held a democratic election and they put Hamas leadership into power. Hamas wants to destroy Israel. Following the so-called "Arab Spring," Egypt held democratic elections that put The Muslim Brotherhood into power. The Muslim Brotherhood has historically been anti-Israel. Egyptian President Morsi has said, "Resistance is the correct and only way to free the land from the filth of the Jews." Democracy put that man in office.

Benjamin Franklin described it this way: "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

Unfortunately, America today has drifted far from the Constitutional Republic our forefathers established. References to America as a Democracy represent a clear intent by some to move America further away from the rule of law and closer to the rule of the majority. "Majority rule" has never been an American tenet.

America is the land of self-reliance, not collectivism. American Exceptionalism stems from the hard work, inventiveness, and entrepreneurial spirit of individual Americans, not the government. If we lose sight of that then the specialness that is America will be forever lost. We might as well be Norway or Spain. America was never meant to be a Democracy.

To paraphrase another quote by Ben Franklin, "We are a Republic, if we can keep it."

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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