First Principles: Democracy Rapidly Deteriorates Into the Law of the Jungle

“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.” —John Adams (1763)

The United States of America is not a democracy.  Truly, despite the misnomer being tossed around by our “leaders”  and all the talk of this being a government of the people, for the people and by the people, we are not a democracy per se.  We are a Constitutional Federal Republic.  This is by very purposeful design.

Today, we increasingly succumb to the calls for “one person, one vote” direct democracy.  As we do, we see fall into place increasingly the very things the Founding Fathers sought so earnestly to avoid.  Our founders had considerable educations for their days and had studied history with respect to what seemed to work and not work so well with respect to governing a nation.  They had even experimented with a more direct form of governance under the Articles of Confederation.  This was be untenable enough that they regrouped into a Constitutional Convention that formed our present system of government.

The pitfalls of past governments seem to be those increasingly rising in modern America.  These are factionalism, special interests, oligarchs, increasingly totalitarian advances in our governance, and signs of decay into allowing mobs of violent groups to rise and impact our society.  That is just what happens.   The ‘purer’ the democracy, the greater the devolution into Anarchy.  As this happens, there is no satisfaction within the society as a whole and law becomes subject to everyone’s definition.  Until, at last, there is no more law save one law.  That is the law of the jungle.  Might making right is no way to govern society.

We are at a tipping point.  We can continue to allow this lawlessness to grow until it completely devolves into tyranny.  Or, we can return back toward the principles of our republic.  The choice is not mine entirely.  But, as to me and my family, we will continue to protect and serve God, Family and Country.  I may no longer be in the military.  But, nothing in leaving the service states that I am released from protecting the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic.  So, in my eyes, I continue to serve with respect to that pledged oath.

What will your choice be?  I cannot make it for you.  But, if you choose as we have, we will stand by you all the way.

 

About alohapromisesforever

Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses and husband to Ally Romani.
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