Thursday, June 15, 2006

A democracy versus a republic

The City of San Francisco will appeal an order from a state Superior Court Judge James Warren. That order overturns a city gun ban vote in 2005 in which made San Francisco a "gun-free zone" (i.e., no guns allowed in S.F.).

"I respectfully disagree with the courts reasoning, and believe that San Francisco voters acted within their authority to restrict handgun possession and firearm within their own city," City Attorney Dennis Herrera said. "Gun violence is a grave problem in this city, and our citizens have a right to do what they can legislatively to reduce it."

Let's get something straight: America is not a democracy. I repeat: America is not a democracy. America is a republic. Look at the Constitution, Art. IV, Sec. 4 to be sure. Democracy isn't anywhere in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the 27 Amendments thereafter.

A "democracy" simply means "majority rule". If this country is a democracy, then the judge should be overruled. 58% of the people of San Francisco voted for this ban. But a "republic" means "rule by the law", and the "Supreme Law of the Land" is the Constitution. And, the pesky little-old amendment, called the Second Amendment, reads in part, "[T]he right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." What the Second Amendment means that the government should not interfere with the people's right to carry a weapon. The people have an "unalienable" right, even when 99.9% of the people thinks it's not okay. Add to that the 14th Amendment (Section 1), that means the states shall not infringe on the rights/priviledges listed in the U.S. Constitution. I know, "priviledges or immunities" (found in the 14th Amendment) are not the same as "rights" (found in the Bill of Rights), but it is a whole other can of worms altogether. Besides, Article VI (Clause 2) gives the Constitution the same power as the 14th Amendment, but without the words "priviledges or immunities". But, the government today has drifted away from a republic and towards a democracy, and our country is headed for a fall.


At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.


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