A Republic, If you can keep it. What is ‘it’?

2018 Texas State Convention – Down to the wire!

The bound Reports of the Permanent Committees, Platform and Resolutions, and Legislative Priorities, page 5, under Constitutional Issues, you will find item number 56.

“United States Senators: We support the repeal of the 17th Amendment [to] the United States Constitution and the appointment of United States Senators by the state legislatures.”

The meaning of ‘republic’ is something few Americans know.

Here at the convention in brief discussions with folks from all over the Great State of Texas, I ask the meaning of this word. Typical answers range from “the rule of law” to “equal justice” and so on.

Article IV, Section 4 requires republican government. What is a republic?

This word republic comes from the Latin phrase res publica, the people’s thing. The first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution bear the meaning of this important phrase: We The People.

we the people

A broader description of republican government found at dictionary.com says, “a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them. any body of persons viewed as a commonwealth. a state in which the head of government is not a monarch or other hereditary head of state.

In world history, when was the first recorded instance of republican government? Look to Exodus chapter 18.

Moses’ father-in-law Jethro prescribed the first republican government in the history of the world as described in Exodus 18:17-24.

Republican government preceded the Roman empire by many centuries.

All authority comes from God who has appointed us to be the highest authority of civil government, second only to God himself.

The Seventeenth Amendment is the keystone of a disastrous democracy that will continue to erode our republic and must be repealed to reserve our God-given natural rights and our hard-won freedoms for succeeding generations.

May God bless Texas and may God bless the People of these United States of America.

John White
SD-2 Delegate
2018 State GOP Convention
Rockwall, Texas

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