Weeping for the Republic…~ “THE GRINDING REEF OF TYRANNY”
Weeping for the Republic
“THE GRINDING REEF OF TYRANNY”
by CloakNDagr, blogging at The Right Planet
(Nov. 7, 2011) — The Founding Fathers, after much argument–more than a few stubbed toes and a lot of hard feelings–settled on a Constitutional Republic as the form of government they deemed best to advance the interests of the new nation they had begun.
The reason they decided on that type of system rather than a true democracy is they were wise enough to know the purest form of democracy is a mob. A mob is also one of the lowest and most dangerous of all social phenomena. A mob is an excellent instance of people working together to a negative outcome; it’s one of the best examples of people working together when they actually shouldn’t. A mob is easy to start and hard as hell to stop … simple to put in motion, but very difficult to steer. It is nearly impossible to use a mob for any constructive purpose.
And equally impossible for a mob to avoid being destructive. Knowing all of this, and well aware of the unfortunate tendency for people to form mobs, they sought to avoid mob rule, while still allowing the people of their new nation a mechanism for self determination.