One of the most famous quotes on democracy is attributed to Winston Churchill:
Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” (from a House of Commons speech on Nov. 11, 1947)
It is almost taken to mean, “Oh well, it’s terrible, but there is nothing better.”
It’s exasperating, because there is one better, and it has been tried: a republic.
Another famous quote, this time attributed to Ben Franklin:
A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
As the generations have passed in the 200+ years of our republic, it has become diluted into a democracy. The signposts are legion: direct election of senators, the elevation of federal over states, regular attacks on the Electoral College system, etc.
We need to get the word out–a republic is better than a democracy. We had one in the past, and we should get back to it, tout de suite!