Monday, March 19, 2012

Ron Paul’s strategy is authentic republicanism

Ron Paul’s caucus strategy is authentic republicanism | Washington Times Communities - Thomas Mullen:

March 19, 2012 - "Give yourself a test....  fill in the blank in the following sentence: The U.S. Constitution guarantees to every state in the union a _____form of government. If you are like ninety percent of the American electorate, you answered 'democratic' and you were wrong. The answer is 'a republican form of government.' There is a drastic difference between the two....

"In a democracy, the will of the majority is the law. Fifty-one percent of the vote empowers the winners to exercise any power they wish. Not so in a republic. The reason that the founders constructed a constitutional republic was to protect Americans from democracy....

"Ron Paul’s presidential campaign strategy is rooted in republicanism. He has deliberately focused his efforts on the states that hold caucuses instead of primaries because caucuses do not let the majority rule unchecked. Instead of merely pulling a few levers behind a curtain, caucus participants must complete a multi-tiered process that occurs for months after the popular vote before being chosen for the national convention. Who can doubt that these delegates are more informed than the typical primary voter? The essence of republicanism is for reason to triumph over the transient passion of the majority."

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