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What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance?

What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support the government than show up to say no?

What if the purpose of contemporary democracy has been to convince people that they could prosper not through the voluntary creation of wealth but through theft from others? What if the only moral way to acquire wealth is through voluntary economic activity? What if the government persuaded the people that they could acquire wealth through political activity? What if economic activity includes all the productive and peaceful things we voluntarily do? What if political activity includes all the parasitical and destructive things the government does? What if the government has never created wealth? What if everything the government owns it has stolen?

What if governments were originally established to protect people’s freedoms but always turn into political and imperialist enterprises that seek to expand their power, increase their territory and heighten their control of the population? What if the idea that we need a government to take care of us is a fiction perpetrated to increase the size of government? What if our strength as individuals and durability as a culture are contingent not on the strength of the government but on the amount of freedom we have from the government?

What if the fatal cocktail of big government and democracy ultimately produces dependency? What if so-called democratic government, once it grows to a certain size, begins to soften and weaken the people? What if big government destroys people’s motivations and democracy convinces them that the only motivation they need is to vote and go along with the results?

What if Congress isn’t actually as democratic as it appears? What if congressional elections don’t square with congressional legislation because the polls aren’t what counts, but what counts are the secret meetings that come after the voting? What if the monster Joe Stalin was right when he said the most powerful person in the world is the guy who counts the votes? What if the vote counting that really counts takes place in secret? What if that’s how we lost our republic?


What if the problem with democracy is that the majority thinks it can right any wrong, write any law, tax any event, regulate any behavior and acquire any thing it wants? What if the greatest tyrant in history lives among us? What if that tyrant always gets its way, no matter what the laws are or what the Constitution says? What if that tyrant is the majority of voters? What if the majority in a democracy recognizes no limits on its power?

What if the government misinforms voters so they will justify anything the government wants to do? What if the government bribes people with the money it prints? What if it gives entitlements to the poor and tax breaks to the middle class and bailouts to the rich just to keep everyone dependent on it? What if a vibrant republic requires not just the democratic process of voting, but also informed and engaged voters who understand first principles of human existence, including the divine origin and inalienable individual possession of natural rights?

What if we could free ourselves from the yoke of big government through a return to first principles? What if the establishment doesn’t want this? What if the government remains the same no matter who wins elections? What if we have only one political party — the Big Government Party — and it has a Democratic wing and a Republican wing? What if both wings want war and taxes and welfare and perpetual government growth, but offer only slightly different menus on how to achieve them? What if the Big Government Party enacted laws to make it impossible for meaningful political competition to thrive?

What if the late progressive Edmund S. Morgan was right when he said that government depends on make believe? What if our ancestors made believe that the king was divine? What if they made believe that he could do no wrong? What if they made believe that the voice of the king was the voice of God?

What if the government believes in make believe? What if it made believe that the people have a voice? What if it made believe that the representatives of the people are the people? What if it made believe that the governors are the servants of the people? What if it made believe that all men are created equal, or that they are not?

What if the government made believe that it is always right? What if it made believe that the majority can do no wrong? What if the tyranny of the majority is as destructive to human freedom as the tyranny of a madman? What if the government knows this?

What do we do about it?

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution. The most recent is “Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom.”

Copyright 2014 Andrew P. Napolitano. Distributed by

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  1. we were not founded as a democracy. we were founded as a representative republic. the founders of America hated democracy. they saw it as mass rule. which is exactly what we have today.

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  2. The politicians pander to the public, but don’t represent their interests. That function is reserved for the 1%, the donorists. The problem isn’t democracy, but the lack of it. There is little democratic accountability in government that fears its citizens so much that it spies on them and operates covertly on the basis of secret laws.
    Democracy’s not perfect, but the problem now is the increasing lack of democratic accountability, not too much of it. The democratic mob hasn’t voted itself the assets of others it hasn’t earned, but arguably a cohort of the one per cent that resembles The Mob has.

  3. @Fran Macadam

    The democratic mob hasn’t voted itself the assets of others it hasn’t earned,

    Actually, it has.

    Not to say the elite haven’t done their own grifting. The 2008 bailout was one of the biggest transfer payments in human history, over the objection of the democratic majority.

    The effect of government at the modern scale is to make most of us net tax consumers.

  4. Jim says:

    There may be reasons why democracies have been generally rare in history. They don’t seem to work well.

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    ” The democratic mob hasn’t voted itself the assets of others it hasn’t earned,

    Actually, it has.”

    I’m democratic and for democracy – where’s my cut, if so? I’ve never received any
    benefits or subsidies, unlike the donorists who get such a huge return on their dollar “democracy” – a guy with a million bucks has it all over a million guys with one buck for influence buying.

    As for the underclass, the payout is a mere pittance, compared to the corporate take.

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  6. @Anonymous

    Public roads, public schools, SS/Medicare (other than black males, you will collect well more than you paid in), Medicaid, EBT, Title VII, the courts, law enforcement, social workers. Also, companies collect taxes, they don’t pay taxes.

    The last estimate I recall, you have to be paying $28K in federal taxes to be a net tax producer.

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  7. kfg says:

    “What do we do about it?”

    Duck and cover.

  8. @Fran Macadam

    The democratic mob hasn’t voted itself the assets of others it hasn’t earned…

    You’ve never heard of Social Security? Has anyone older than Mitt Romney gotten less than he paid in?

  9. @The Anti-Gnostic

    The last estimate I recall, you have to be paying $28K in federal taxes to be a net tax producer.

    $28,000 / 2,000 hrs = $14/hr. Add $2-3 for each dependent, and you’ve got the beginnings of a fair minimum wage for non-citizens. (“Fair” meaning fair to citizens.) And insures that all immigrants contribute to the IRS, like we do.

    Actually, the minimum for foreigners should start at the median. No fair competing with the bottom half. Are you listening, Mr Unz?

  10. So what do you do with people that can’t make ends meet, for some reason? What do you do when this percentage of people, through no fault of their own, is sufficient to create a majority vote? What do you do with senior citizens who lost everything? What do you do with disabled kids abandoned by their parents?

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  11. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    What if we didn’t have democracy?

    A representative democracy requires that representatives are accountable to people.

    But what if our election system was designed so that representatives represent political parties, and not people?

    What if there was a lawsuit in New Jersey that seeks to defend the individual right of people over the institutionalized Democratic and Republican parties?

  12. Democracy may be two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner, but guess what folks? “The Republic” is just as fraudulent as democracy is.

    Just think about what representation means. A lawyer may represent me for example. I pay him to do so. His loyalties are not divided.

    Now think of the Representative or Senator. It is literally impossible to represent even two people of opposite inclinations, never mind thousands or millions. The word “represent” becomes meaningless. It’s just a sop to make us imagine we are somehow in the driver’s seat. We aren’t.

    What is represented? 1) The Representative’s own inclinations. 2) The interest groups that bought him and paid for his election. 3) His cronies. Silly you if you think the ordinary Joe is represented.

    The other facet of a Republic is a constitution that restrains government. Yeah, that’ll work.

  13. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from its government.” Thomas Paine “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” H.L. Mencken

  14. It’s worse than one might think, here’s a salient example:

    Relating to Hillary Clinton’s role as NATO’s ‘mother of nations’ bringing ‘democracy’ empowering jihadists and generating mass killings sprees (e.g. regime change in Libya), here’s a juicy tibit not many are aware of, but comes with impeccable journalistic credentials. According to Mother Jones Magazine, in Hillary’s own words, she is under the spiritual tutelage of Doug Coe:

    “Coe, she writes, “is a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship with God.”

    And according to the excellent investigative reporting of Jeff Sharlet, Coe, in his own words, is no stranger to violence in politics:

    “Doug Coe offered Pol Pot and Osama bin Laden as men whose commitment to their causes is to be emulated. Preaching on the meaning of Christ’s words, he says, “You know Jesus said ‘You got to put Him before mother-father-brother sister? Hitler, Lenin, Mao, that’s what they taught the kids. Mao even had the kids killing their own mother and father. But it wasn’t murder. It was for building the new nation. The new kingdom”

    A classic example of ‘sociopaths & democracy’ (google it)

  15. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    “What If Democracy Is a Fraud?”

    What if, indeed…


  16. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Government is a fiction, it’s not real.
    Be a part of government, no morals are required and it is preferred that you have none.

    It creates the perfect place for psychopaths and sociopaths to thrive, as they are allowed to lie, cheat, steal and commit unspeakable acts like murder and do it in the name of government, No morals are required just opportunities to destroy others and you get to do it and get away with it because it is done in a fiction. It’s like playing a game, a game called reification.
    Can you fix something that is not real? NO
    Can you fix people who believe in things that are not real? NO.

    WALK AWAY and do not support it.

    I would love to be at heavens gate when all of these nut jobs get there and wonder why they can’t get in.

  17. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    When a woman asked B Franklin what the Founders & framers of the USA had given us, he said “A republic madam. If you can keep it.” And we ain’t keepin it!!

    There is a huge difference between & Republic & a democracy. It would serve every one well to look that diff up.

    Though we are SUPPOSED to be a Constitutional Republic, vermin within govt have slowly ‘progressed’ US towards a socialist type state. The deception is that the ‘new’ form of govt, socialism, fascism, communism…whatever ya call it, is that the ‘progressive’ move towards an all controlling centralized govt is called ‘democracy’ though it is not.

    ‘Democracy’ does sound better than the true name, whatever you say it is, but it still stinks.


  18. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @bob and bob

    That is exactly what he’s talking about. Democracy is what we now have, and it IS a fraud.

  19. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @bob and bob

    Mob rule: rule by the Mob.

  20. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Khannea SunTzu

    All the things you mention can be and were handled by the private sector. Those who couldn’t pay for services were helped by the churches in their area.

    If government were out of the business sector and the taxes held to constitutional purposes, there would be much greater production of goods, much more money to go around and therefore much more generosity to be given. Trust me, the people you mention would receive better and more cost effective benefit from the private sector than they ever would from any government program!

  21. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Wow! Pretty much, you get it. One final thing…what if the nation/state is make believe?

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