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Resist! Our Democracy is in danger!

Written By | Feb 19, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., February 19, 2017 — Time was, and not so long ago, that a new president was elected. Barely a month into his presidency, he proposed a trillion-dollar “stimulus” package and added another trillion to the budget deficit. Alarmed citizens formed Tea Parties to oppose those and a growing list of other leftist policies. The intelligentsia, Hollywood, mainstream media, and academia were horrified.

To quote the Wizard of Id, “The peasants are revolting!”

Now the shoe is on the other foot and those same people are shouting, “Resist! Our democracy is in danger!”

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The Washington Post, the Atlantic and other left-wing publications tell breathless stories of a new resistance and compare it to the Tea Party. To be sure, there are superficial similarities and the left is actively seeking to replicate the success of the Tea Party, once declared dead by leftist pundits.

Declared dead several times in fact.

Now those who declared the Tea Party dead are actively trying to replicate its undeniable success.

There are new websites and an online manual written by two Democrat staffers from the hill about how to create grassroots organizations. Even in Colorado’s rural Elbert County, local Democrats are meeting to discuss the tract.

In Denver, a MeetUp group called “Resist: Grassroots” is meeting to do the same thing.

The irony of creating a grassroots organization from the top down is lost on the organizers, but that’s how they roll. The Denver group is founded by two people with a grandiose plan to create grassroots organizations in every neighborhood and all around the country. This particular group started in October 2015. Today they have 19 members.

Their rallying cry? “For democracy. Concerned about where we’re heading? You’re not alone.”

Indeed. But to really understand what’s going on, you need to know what the left means when they use the terms “Democracy” and especially “Our Democracy.” They’re code words.

Those schooled in the American way know that the Constitution gave us a Republic and that each of the states has a state constitution: 50 republics within a republic. A republic is not a democracy.

The Founders knew, as does everyone who’s ever studied Aristotle, that the Greek word democracy means rule of the masses—essentially, mob rule. In Aristotle’s classification system, it was a bad form of government. The corresponding good form is a republic, which balances power among the different classes of citizens as a check against mob rule and the demagogues who incite them.

Ever since Woodrow Wilson and the rise of the Progressives in the early 20th century, there have been consistent attacks on the republican nature of our nation in favor of a democracy led by a class of people wise enough to know what’s best of all of us. Trust them. They have your best interests at heart. They are the vanguard of the proletariat.

When Joe Biden says “our democracy,” he’s using the term in the same way the Russians did when they created the Democratic Republics of Eastern Europe after World War II.

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It took multiple popular revolutions in each of those countries over the years to topple those “popular” governments. In the United States, we should be thankful that the Tea Party revolution was a peaceful one.

The left is stunned that they lost. They imagine that they are now the new resistance, that they can win again by emulating the success of the Tea Party. Led by their representatives in Congress, they dig in their heels and obstruct government operations in ways that are truly unprecedented.

In fact, they can’t replicate the Tea Party’s success and they won’t. They are simply falling back into their historic role as anarchists and leftist revolutionaries. It’s what they do best. #Resistance is cool again.

Al Maurer

Al Maurer is a political scientist and founder of The Voice of Liberty. He writes on topics of limited government and individual rights.