Has Tucker Carlson ever read our Constitution? Maybe not!


#82

Rub wiki on your chest.

From our Constitution, Article 4, Section 4:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government

And from our Pledge of allegiance:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

And in case you missed it, from Webster’s Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition :

DEMOCRACY, noun [Gr. People, and to possess, to govern.] ”Government by the people; a form of government, in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of the people collectively, or in which the people exercise the powers of legislation. Such was the government of Athens.”

REPUB’LIC, noun [Latin respublica; res and publica; public affairs.]

”A commonwealth; a state in which the exercise of the sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people. In modern usage, it differs from a democracy or democratic state, in which the people exercise the powers of sovereignty in person. Yet the democracies of Greece are often called republics.”

And from Federalist Paper 10

The other point of difference is, the greater number of citizens and extent of territory which may be brought within the compass of republican than of democratic government; and it is this circumstance principally which renders factious combinations less to be dreaded in the former than in the latter . . . Hence, it clearly appears, that the same advantage which a republic has over a democracy, in controlling the effects of faction, is enjoyed by a large over a small republic,–is enjoyed by the Union over the States composing it.

Under our “Republican Form of Government” we don’t vote on legislation as is done in a democracy. Under our “Republican Form of Government” which is guaranteed by Article 4, Section 4, elected representatives are entrusted with “all legislative powers”, limited by a written constitution as distinguished from a democracy in which the people exercise legislative power using their vote, and why democracy is often referred to mob rule government.

Now, once again I ask, why do you have trouble referring to our system as a constitutionally limited “Republican Form of Government”, or, a constitutionally limited representative republic, both of which accurately describe our system of government?

JWK

At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powel anxiously awaited the results and as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished asked him directly, Well, Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?'A republic, if you can keep it,’ responded Franklin.


#83

Obama said…

The biggest threat to democracy isn’t Trump but ‘indifference,’


#84

who cares what Obama said, or hillary


#85

because you asked…


#86

Because the US constitution forbids makong it illegal (according to those who are tasked with that job).

If you got an amendment to the constitution to ban gay marriage, you could get back to having it be illegal.


#87

We are still a democratic republic no matter how much you don’t want us to be.


#88

:roll_eyes:

We certainly are not a “democracy” as Tucker Carlson continues to assert.

JWK

The Democrat Leaders promise for free cheese doesn’t work in Cuba, doesn’t work in Venezuela ___ it only works for those who hand out the free cheese.


#89

Yep, you can tell by the fact that we don’t vote…Oh wait.:thinking:


#90

No you couldn’t.


#91

If you managed to get enough people to vote for it you could but you’d have a hard time accomplishing that.

The point stands


#92

No, it doesn’t.


#93

Good argument. Well stated. You’re a true scholar.


#94

The 14th Amendment would still exist.


#95

It would be irrelevant to this specific matter after a new amendment were ratified.


#96

People voted in the Soviet Union and Red China too. We’re they democracies?


#97

I think you mean that they WILL except it.


#98

From Wikipedia:

Representative democracy (also indirect democracy , representative government or psephocracy ) is a type of democracy founded on the principle of elected officials representing a group of people, as opposed to direct democracy.[2] Nearly all modern Western-style democracies are types of representative democracies


#99

Nope, which doesn’t change the fact that we are.


#100

Have you already forgotten that you said this?


#101

Brit Hume nicely checked Tucker on his use of the word ‘hatred’. Tucker was repeating the well-worn and incorrect mantra that those who critique America hate it. Brit corrected him.

But is won’t stop Tucker and others from using that inflammatory and divisive word because it galvanizes emotions and gets non-thinkers to the polls; a group desperately needed by both parties.

Gonna see a lot more of it in the run up to midterms. Can’t wait…