|Libertarian for Governor|
As Ben Franklin was leaving the constitutional convention one afternoon in September 1787, a young woman approached him to ask, "Well, Dr. Franklin, what have you given us?"
"A republic -- if you can keep it," was his reply.
We are taught from a young age that our nation is a democracy, with "rule of law" as our bedrock principle. This is untrue. Our nation was founded as a republic with democratic institutions. Understanding the true foundation of our great nation is critical to restoring our fast vanishing liberty.
Our nation was born on July 4, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Our constitution was not written and approved for another dozen years.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." — Declaration of Independence
In a republic, the form of government is of secondary importance. What matters is that our God-given, unalienable Rights are respected by the government. It is immaterial whether that government is a democracy, monarchy, theocracy or military dictatorship, so long as the people's Rights are observed and protected.
Our Founding Fathers judged democracy to be the most likely form of government to protect our Rights over time. But they also understood the dangers of unconstrained majority rule. Our nation was founded as a republic first, democracy second.
Democracy allows a thirty-year Drug War to be fought against its own citizens. Democracy allows its citizens to be fired from their jobs, to have their property confiscated, and to be sent to prison for simply choosing an unpopular lifestyle. Democracy pretends to give minorities a voice while in practice it incarcerates them in record numbers. Democracy justifies these evils inflicted on its own citizens by citing manipulated opinion polls and falling back on the so-called "rule of law".
I consider myself a republican with a small "r". This has nothing to do with conservatism, and little to do with the current Republican Party (although it has very much to do with the Republican Party founded by Abraham Lincoln). The following are my core principles:
Our Rights are God-given, constitutionally protected.
No court would tolerate an employer violating workers' voting rights by requiring the support for a particular political party as condition of employment. Are not our free speech and privacy rights equally important?
America prides itself on being the beacon of freedom, yet we have the highest rate of incarceration in the world — higher than Iran, North Korea or China. We are in grave danger of losing the republic bequeathed to us over 200 years ago. Most Americans don't even know we have a republic to defend.
I dedicate my campaign to restoring our American Republic, both in the law and in the people's consciousness.
-- Scott Jeffrey