We the People - not Government Officials or Federal Employees - should determine the Destiny of our Country.
We are citizens, just like you, who are very concerned about the direction our country is taking. The people’s government is shifting away from adherence to our Constitution towards the implementation of failed Statist and Socialist policies. We must all stand up and stand together to restore our Founding Principles and save our Great Nation.
Consistent with the Tea Party Patriot’s three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets, Surf City Tea seeks to bring together Constitutionally Based Conservatives to develop a strategy to attract, educate, organize and mobilize our fellow citizens in support of our key policy initiatives consistent with the core founding principles of the United States of America.
The World Will Not Long Remember What Was Said Here – But What Was Done Here
Our Founding Fathers gave us a Republic. It was ours to keep – Ours to lose. Over the past 100years or so, we have lost our way. We have forgotten what it means to be a republic, to be a nation of laws, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.
Instead, we have, over time, migrated to a twisted form of democracy; a socialistic quagmire where the majority votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public trough. However, after all of the “other people’s money’ is spent, after fiscal discipline had long since been replaced by fiscal debauchery; the democracy collapses, dictatorships rise, and individual rights are long gone.
You don’t have to believe me – Do Your Homework! Read the history of our founders, in their words, and of others that had to endure such pains. Find Out The Truth For Yourself!
To help you along the path, I believe it is necessary to start with the definitions of Democracy and Republic.
Read On. The Truth Starts Here…
Democracy Versus Republic
These succinct definitions of what is Democracy and what is a Republic was produced by the US Army in 1928, These definitions have been quietly withdrawn since. That is a topic for further discussion.
A government of the masses.
Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of “direct” expression.
Results in mobocracy.
Attitude toward property is communistic-negating property rights.
Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate. whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.
Results in demagogism license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.
Democracy is the “direct” rule of the people and has been repeatedly tried without success.
A certain Professor Alexander Fraser Tytler, nearly two centuries ago, had this to say about Democracy: ” A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of Government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess out of public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that Democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a Dictatorship.”
A democracy is majority rule and is destructive of liberty because there is no law to prevent the majority from trampling on individual rights. Whatever the majority says goes! A lynch mob is an example of pure democracy in action. There is only one dissenting vote, and that is cast by the person at the end of the rope.
Authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them.
Attitude toward property is respect for laws and individual rights, and a sensible economic procedure.
Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard to consequences.
A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass.
Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy. Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress.
Is the “standard form” of government throughout the world.
A republic is a form of government under a constitution which provides for the election of:
an executive and
a legislative body, who working together in a representative capacity, have all the power of appointment, all power of legislation all power to raise revenue and appropriate expenditures, and are required to create
a judiciary to pass upon the justice and legality of their governmental acts and to recognize
certain inherent individual rights.
Take away any one or more of those four elements and you are drifting into autocracy. Add one or more to those four elements and you are drifting into democracy.
Our Constitutional fathers, familiar with the strength and weakness of both autocracy and democracy, with fixed principles definitely in mind, defined a representative republican form of government. They “made a very marked distinction between a republic and a democracy and said repeatedly and emphatically that they had founded a republic.”
A republic is a government of law under a Constitution. The Constitution holds the government in check and prevents the majority (acting through their government) from violating the rights of the individual. Under this system of government a lynch mob is illegal. The suspected criminal cannot be denied his right to a fair trial even if a majority of the citizenry demands otherwise.
Difference between Democracy and Republic, in brief:
a: government by the people; especially : rule of the majority.
b: a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.
Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences
a: a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government.
b: a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.
Democracy and Republic:
are often taken as one of the same thing, but there is a fundamental difference. Whilst in both cases the government is elected by the people, in Democracy the majority rules according to their whims, whilst in the Republic the Government rule according to law. This law is framed in the Constitution to limit the power of Government and ensuring some rights and protection to Minorities and individuals.
Autocracy declares the divine right of kings; its authority can not be questioned; its powers are arbitrarily or unjustly administered.
The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.