I suppose Pat Powers will call Frank Rosenbloom a paranoid black helicopter hillbilly:
Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the republic last …
That line paraphrases Paul Simon's song that recommends moving slowly. President Obama stated that he will not accept delay in passing health care reform. What's wrong with a little delay? This country has done quite well without health care reform for 233 years, so what are a few more months? Other leaders have said that they would not tolerate delay, but they've generally been from countries we didn't like very much.
"To delay action is the same as death." Vladimir Lenin
Perhaps President Obama should review the thoughts of some of our Founding Fathers in this regard.
"Delay is preferable to error." Thomas Jefferson
"When in doubt – don't." Benjamin Franklin
This rush to create greater dependence on the government demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the intent of our Founding Fathers and our Constitution. The left envisions a democracy ruled by the unlimited power of an increasingly liberal majority. However, our Constitution does not mention the words "democracy" or "democratic" at all! Some constitutions do, such as the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, and we know how democratic they are.
"The People's Republic of China is a socialist state under the people's democratic dictatorship led by the working class. ..."
Democracy, from the Greek Demokratia, or "people power," is a system in which the majority rules. Why, then, is there no mention of democracy in the Constitution? Why does it direct that the states shall ensure a republican form of government and not a democracy? The reason is that our Founding Fathers never intended that we have a democracy. Many citizens would be surprised to learn that the United States is not a democracy; it is a republic.
The word "republic" is from the Latin "res" or "thing" and "publicus" or "people." Our republic (thing of the people) is designed to protect the rights of the minority from the majority while ensuring representation in a constitutionally limited government. In a democracy, majority decisions can eclipse individual rights. In our republic the law rules, individual liberty is the goal and the people elect representatives. Thomas Jefferson said: "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49." The founders knew that democracy was unsustainable. Thomas Jefferson said: "Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
The founders understood history, something our liberal brethren have neglected to study. They therefore established a republic to prevent rule by a simple majority, not to promote it. Unfortunately, civics is being taught by an education system long ago taken over by the far left. American educators are more likely to teach the thoughts of Marx than those of Jefferson.