America was founded as a Democratic Republic, not a Democracy?Seldom in our great Republic do you hear politicians, both foreign and domestic, the media, or even in public schools referring to America as a Republic, they call America a "Democracy," or they call our constitutional government a "Democratic form of government".
Our Founder's feared a pure Democracy, one person one vote, or the pooling of the ignorant masses that are easily lead by charismatic leaders. The Founder's had profound knowledge, and of course, experience, regarding all other forms government that preceded America's form of government. They fought hard in the Constitutional Convention to insure their convention did not produce a pure Democracy.
They wanted our U.S. Senators to be appointed to office by our state legislators, not elected by popular vote of the people (17th amendment). In that way "we the people" had more control of our representatives in Washington D.C., it was that ideology, plus the Electoral College that insured our Republic.
Many modern- day scholars not only believe in repealing the 17th amendment to have our Senators appointed by knowledgeable and seasoned members of our state legislatures, but the Senators pay should come from the states, not the federal government.
As one gets to know the basic belief's our founder's they would realize our Founder's would have rejected the 17th amendment which was ratified April 8, 1913 and to this day perverted our founder's original intent, as well as the 16th, 14th and 25th amendments.
James Madison said "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. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would at the same time be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions and their passions."
Our American Founder's only wanted the federal government to have 20 enumerated powers...
In 1776, the states had refused to delegate enough authority to Congress to enable it to perform its legitimate functions. As a result they almost lost the Revolutionary War.
In our day, "we the people" have allowed our federal government to become bloated and out of control. We treat our President as if he was our "King" and not ruled by the checks and balances our Founder's intended.
Our freedoms are disappearing at a rapid rate, our once prized private enterprise system is being taken over by governments at all levels. Governments at all levels are competing with private enterprise and have become a monopoly, which is destroying the people's incentive to compete. They are being taxed and over regulated to death, as well as "we the people."
Our international relations have also suffered due to those in power not honoring the original intent of our Founder's. Our monetary system is broken causing America to become a debtor nation and we the people to become impoverished and enslaved by our own government. The huge list of abuses goes on. To quote out of the Declaration of Independence: "He (referring to King George the III) has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their existence."
The "original intent" of our Founder's was to limit the size and power of the federal government. Section 8 of the United States Constitution explains those 20 duties or powers.