A Republic Takes Time

Well said!


My liberal social work friends are upset at the outcome of today’s Senate vote on gun control. They see it as a sign of gridlock and they don’t think gridlock is a good thing in a democracy. Of course, I think they’re wrong. They should open a history book, read some James Madison and realize the truth.

The United States of America is a republic, not a democracy. The Founding Fathers were wise men who studied history before they came to the Constitutional Convention. They recognized that democracies always end badly and often quickly, whereas republics have mechanisms of self-correction that, more often than not, allow them to sustain for a reasonable period of time. They wisely chose a republican form of government and wrapped it round in checks and balances so that major decisions take a lot of deliberation, time, effort and steps.

Nothing illustrates the necessity of a…

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