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The American Form of Government – Not a Democracy

America’s Founding Fathers were scholars of world history and understood the dangers inherent in the known forms of government.  Their hope was to establish a form of government that would not fall trap to the pitfalls as the governments of the past had.  They created a new form of government, never before instituted.

A true republic is one that is limited by law, leaving the people alone.  America’s Founders had a clean slate to write on.  They could have set up an oligarchy — in fact, there were some who wanted George Washington to be their king, but the Founding Fathers knew history and they chose to give us the rule of law in a republic.  Not the rule of a majority in a democracy.

“…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, Federalist 10

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