Week in Review
The Founding Fathers gave us a republic because they feared democracy. Or mob rule. In a republic you elect responsible people to represent you in government. In a democracy it’s majority rule of the people. Often when they are agitated or angered about something. Which can trample on minority rights. If the mob is angry over a group of immigrants working for a lower wage the mob can vote a ban on those immigrants. Round them up. And send them home. Or imprison them. This is the danger of a true democracy. Anything the majority agrees on can become law. Which is why the Founding Fathers gave us a republic. And prayed that only wise men who shared their Enlightenment views would enter government.
Another danger of a true democracy is that once the people understand that they can vote themselves the treasury they will. While responsible representatives won’t. Until people start looking at government as a way to get rich. And become professional politicians. Instead of the part-time representatives the Founding Fathers envisioned. Which transformed the republic into a democracy. Only it’s our representatives that have descended into mob rule. As professional politicians buy votes by giving the people generous government benefits that the state will soon be unable to afford. Which is what is happening in France now (see French president booed at WWI ceremony posted 11/11/2013 on the Associated Press).
France’s unpopular president ignored jeers by protesters as he laid flowers at the tomb of the unknown soldier during a ceremony marking the end of World War I…
Shouts of “Hollande resign!” rang out and some demonstrators wore the red caps that have come to symbolize an anti-tax movement that has caused violent protests in Brittany in recent weeks…
Hollande’s popularity has sunk to record lows amid growing dissatisfaction over weak economic growth, high taxes and rising joblessness.
The French people voted the socialist into office because they wanted more free stuff. Or wanted not to lose the free stuff they already had. Courtesy of their social democracy. Which promised cradle-to-the-grave government benefits. But declining birthrates led to a falling population growth rate all over Europe. Such that the number of people receiving those government benefits is growing while the number of people paying for those benefits is not. French president Nicolas Sarkozy tried to be responsible. While socialist presidential challenger François Hollande (the guy the French now hate) said the problem was that they weren’t taxing the rich enough. And the other usual socialist claptrap. Well, the socialist won. He raised taxes. The economy tanked as expected. And now the French people hate him.
This is exactly what the Founding Fathers feared about democracy. The French republic devolved into mob rule. And tried to vote themselves the treasury. Which leads to only higher taxes. Or cut benefits as the state can no longer afford to pay for these benefits. Which is where the French are now. And the Americans will soon be.