The Rule of Law v. Democracy – Liberty in the Balance

The Rule of Law is the very foundation of a republic. Article 4, Sectionrule-of-law 4 of the Constitution prescribes and mandates (orders) republican government for all states and U.S. territories. One enumerated power of the federal government is to guarantee the survival of republican government in the states.

The Rule of Law restrains government, not the individual, and is absolutely essential to the preservation of liberty.

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.” — U.S. Constitution, Article 4, Section 4

“[W]here there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” — Benjamin Rush, Letter to David Ramsay, 1788

Never was our nation a democracy. In fact, the words ‘democrat’, ‘democracy’ and ‘democratic’ do not appear in either the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution.

A true democracy can best be compared to “mob rule”, the tyranny of the majority.

Only a republican form of government can support liberty and equality of citizens.

How often do you read and study the founding documents? Read them online:

U.S. Constitution

Declaration of Independence

Federalist Papers

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