We tried “Hope and Change” for eight years. In 2016 our republic decided to give “Change and Hope” a chance. While “Hope and Change” grew government via federal agencies, “Change and Hope” promises to reduce the bloated federal bureaucracy. “Change and Hope” also vows not to bow to our enemies. It pledges to secure our borders, restore freedom to speak in non-pc language if one wishes to, and get back to governing under the confines of the balance of powers structured by the US Constitution.
As people of a republic we must understand our obligations. To begin with, we should know how our form of government was structured to work, so that we can make sure our elected representatives, which includes the president, do not overstep their boundaries. We must teach the next generations about the protections of our liberty built into our constitution. We must insist that the media does not distort the fundamental framework of our republic.
Yes, we are a republic, not a democracy, and the difference must be repeated often. It seems too many Americans are not aware of the difference between a republic and a democracy. The idea that all within a society are recognized and have a voice in their government is vital. That is why a republic which is a representative government is far superior to a democracy in which mob rule can prevail. Being a republic is what has made America the united powerful nation that holds freedom, liberty and justice for all in such high regard.
Because many Americans are unhappy with the outcome of the presidential election, too many are repeating the fact that Donald J. Trump had fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. That statistical fact has nothing to do with the results of the presidential election. It would be like saying more completed passes were thrown by the team with less points on the scoreboard in a football game, so that team won. Rules do matter.
Many do know that our nation is a republic and the winner of the presidential election is determined by the Electoral College system, but they continue to speak of the popular vote as a way to diminish the result. There are important reasons our founders constructed the Electoral College system to elect our president. Tara Ross, who posts American history daily on her website and Facebook page wrote two books on the Electoral College. One for adults, “ Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College,” and one for children, “We Elect a President: The Story of Our Electoral College.” I highly recommend both. The book for children is a great overview of the Electoral College for adults too. There are wonderful common sense ways presented in the children’s book that will help readers understand why the Electoral College protects the individual’s rights, more than a pure democracy would. This would aid in describing the system to those who are trying to replace the Electoral College.
We all know, or should know, that a balance of powers was intentionally built into our governing body so that America would not fall back to the tyrannical rule that a revolution had to be fought to be released from. Our president does not make law. The Judicial Branch does not make law. The legislative powers are vested in Congress.
It is also important to note that federal agencies do not make law. However, as the number of federal agencies has grown exponentially over the past decades, “law” has been foisted onto our republic in the form of agency rules.
It is refreshing that the latest nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, understands which body is designated to make law under the US Constitution and stated so when he accepted the nomination. This is yet another encouraging part of the newly elected “Change and Hope,” which deserves a chance.
Diana Erbio is a freelance writer and author of “Coming to America: A Girl Struggles to Find her Way in a New World”. Read her new blog series “Statues: The People They Salute,” and more at www.dianaerbio.wordpress.com/blog .