“Disappointed” doesn’t begin to describe my feelings about statements President Barack Obama made Saturday afternoon during a session with reporters. My disappointment has nothing to do with his stance on Syria; instead, it has everything to do with him describing the United States as a “democracy” — a concept Thomas Jefferson equated to “mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49″ — instead of a “republic.”
Four times, as shown in the video (above) of the session in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama used the wrong word to describe the Constitutional framework upon which our nation was founded:
“I’m also mindful that I’m the president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy.” (2:47)
“I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people and for the people.” (2:51)
“This morning, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell agreed that this is the right thing to do for our Democracy.” (4:53)
“Our democracy is stronger when the president and the people’s representatives stand together.” (9:38)
Why did he do it? I think it’s wishful thinking to believe he never learned the differences between the two, outlined in another video (below). More likely, he used the wrong word, because it lines up with his political ideology as a Democrat who believes heartily in the concept of mob rule.
Sadly, none of the mainstream news media outlets — including, most recently, NBC News, USA TODAY and The New York Times — ever call out the democrats on this particular leaning. You, however, can call them out!
Please share this post with your fellow Americans — especially Democrats — so that all might understand the critical differences between a democracy and a republic like the one mentioned in the pledge of allegiance:
I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
Thanks in advance!