This post is the sixth in a weekly Constitution Revolution series that will cover the entire Constitution and many of the principles it was founded on. Click here for last week’s lesson.
Last week I talked about the fact that we create constitutions to protect our rights from the government. But how does that work in reality? Once you give power to a government, how can you actually prevent that power from being abused?
As I explained this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, there are ways to do that. But only if the government you are creating is a republic – and not a democracy:
It’s hard to overemphasize how important it is to get out of this habit of referring to our country as a democracy. Remember, democracy is basically majority rule. Whatever 51 percent of the people want, 51 percent of the people will get. As good as that might sound, it doesn’t work out well in the real world.