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Tyranny of The Mob

Why are we a Republic, not a Democracy?

The United States is not a democracy, it is a republic. In a democracy, the majority rules. In a republic, the individual is protected from the majority.

The Tyranny of the Majority. The Tyranny of the Minority. Mobs Online. Tyranny expressed in laws or misuse of laws.

Mob RuleWe live in an age where decades of laws and cultural norms have been amassed to empower various combinations of the majority, and often a caustically vocal minority, or mobs online via social media, to deprive individuals of their rights and liberty. Just because a large group of people want to take rights or property from someone else, that doesn't mean they should be able to.

Politicians MUST weigh the ramifications of their decisions based not only on the negative impacts to the community and neighbors, but also based on the negative impacts to the individual being regulated. There must be balance. Politicians are becoming more and more populist, driven by the loud, shrill voice of the masses amplified by the social media hyperdrive. That is the mob rule that the concept of a Republic is meant to protect against. We must govern ourselves by rule of law, fairness, and balance, not by the emotional heaves of opinion, mood, and frenzy.

While clearly a core role of government is to protect The Common Good, when individual liberty is crushed in the name of The Common Good, tyranny and Common Bondage are advanced instead. Tyranny can come from from an overreaching populace just as much as it can come from an abusive autocrat. Elected officials are the firewall that are supposed to judiciously protect us from that.

Article: The Rise of Mob Rule in America

“Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.”

"From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert result from the form of government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." James Madison

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