The United States of America: Our Republic

12132605_10102255511823199_7619647644690463928_oThe purpose of this editorial is to clarify a little misunderstanding from this past election. There are currently people out on social media, petitioning citizens to recast their vote in the Electoral Congress, to see if Hillary Clinton can be put in office, purely based on popular vote.  The last time in American history that the vote of the Electoral College for a presidential candidate was unanimous, was when George Washington took office as the first president of this nation. These people are perhaps unconscientious of the fact that by doing so, they will be abandoning the process of having an electoral college and thus dismissing the constructive work our Founding Fathers did while piecing together this nation & its government.

The definition of a republic is a body of government in which supreme powers are held by the people & their elected representatives, including a nominated president. The definition of a democracy is the control of an organization or group by most of its members. In the aftermath of the election, I have heard & read multiple comments about “our American democracy,” but unless I am misinformed, we are, in fact, a REPUBLIC.  That is how the Founding Fathers originally set things up in our government. When we recite the pledge of allegiance, a common practice throughout the public-schools, we say the following: “I pledge of allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty & justice for all.”

In his book None Dare Call if Conspiracy, Gary Allen clearly delineates between what the Republic is and has been and what a Democracy is.  “A dictatorship was impossible in our Republic because power was widely diffused. Today, as we approach Democratic Socialism, all power is being centralized at the apex of the executive branch of the federal government. This concentration of power makes dictatorship inevitable. Those who control the President indirectly gain virtual control of the whole country.”  What a horrifying thought!

Our founding fathers revolted against the near-total government of the English monarchy. But they knew that having no government at all would lead to chaos. So they set up a constitutional republic, with a very limited government. They knew that men prospered in freedom….. the free enterprise system is the only one that can exist under a Constitutional Republic” (Allen, pg. 23).

In reference to the aforementioned petition being circulated with the design to get Hillary in office (as of next month), I feel that some people are not seeing the bigger picture; there are many citizens of the United States who are willing to throw away the electoral college, because they do not feel it did its job in this election, or Hillary would have been the clear winner. Allah Pundit has recently published an article on this topic, remarking that, “The problem with that plan, apart from having to convince electors that Trump is such a threat that it’s worth upending a national election over it, is that … there’s no evidence to think House Republicans wouldn’t elect Trump anyway.”   So why are people trying to recast their vote?

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/11/14/petition-calling-for-electoral-college-to-choose-clinton-over-trump-now-has-more-than-four-million-signatures/

The thing to ask ourselves now, as a nation, is: do we want order or chaos? To summarize what happened with this election, I borrow Mike Rowe’s words: “These two candidates were the choices we gave ourselves…..Yeah, it was a dirty job for sure, but the winner was NOT decided by a racist and craven nation – it was decided by millions of disgusted Americans desperate for real change. The {majority of the} people did not want a politician. The people wanted to be seen. Donald Trump convinced those people that he could see them. Hillary Clinton did not.”

And so, America, we sit with essentially two choices before us at this point. We can accept the results of the election, move forward & support Donald Trump as American citizens, or we can question the system & try to get Hillary Clinton put in office. (While doing so would mean discarding the concept of the electoral college & the original republic set up by our Founding Fathers.) This is not a decision to be taken lightly, nor is it a time to just “go with the flow.” People need to sincerely consult their conscience on this, as there is truly more at stake than just who becomes the next president; this could potentially affect all future elections as well as the way government is run.  What will your choice be?

 

-Katie

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