Democracy Alone is Insufficient

John Adams, our second President, wrote these words: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

Other Founding Fathers said the same, because they did not establish a democracy. Instead, they established a republic.

In a democracy, what the majority says, goes, and if the majority were to say that murder is OK, it would be OK.

A republic, however, is based not on the rule of the majority, but on the rule of law, and the highest law is the law of God. In a republic, certain things are beyond the reach of the majority, and basic wrongs can never be declared right.

Let’s elect people who understand the difference between a democracy and a republic.

Used with kind permission from Priests For Life.

Fr. Frank Pavone


Father Frank A. Pavone is an American Roman Catholic priest and pro-life activist. He is the National Director of Priests for Life and serves as the Chairman and Pastoral Director of Rachel's Vineyard.

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  • Chuck Grimes

    Right on!!! Aristotle said thatr Democracy is the worst form of government because it has no stability, it is mob rule. If everyone in the mob wants to hang the prisoner then he gets hung.
    But in a few hours if they take another vote ande the majority want to hang all people with blue eyes then they get hung. The sheriff stands before the linch mob and defends the prisoner against the majority because the law says he must be given a fair trial, –rule is by law. in a democracy the prisoner gets hung. The rule of law in the US is the Constitution and it protects us from mob rule.

  • Greg Groebner

    The problem with the statement “let’s elect people …” is that candidates beyond the local level are pre-selected and screened long before there the voter actually gets to cast his ballot.  The candidates are only knowable to the public because someone with money decided to have them made known to the public.  This would not even be so bad, except that much of the mega-funding derives from fake money — money from the financial economy — rather than from the physical “real” economy. The practical result of this is that the voter gets to choose between candidates of a Communist bent or of a Libertarian bent — both expressions of a corrupt Jewish culture.