For a more in-depth analysis of our form of government and why it differs so
greatly from all other (or, rather, why it used to...), please read the articles
at the following link, starting with "The Chasm":
Why does government exist? Is it here to serve, or does it exist to rule? We can
see arguments either way. If by "rule" it means to prevent the violation of the
rights of individuals, then we can agree that government rules justly. The
extent to which it rules is laid out clearly in the Constitution of the United
States. Then, there are areas where government MAY NOT TREAD. inalienable
rights, enumerated in the Articles of Amendment - also known as the Bill of
Rights - clearly state where the government has no dominion.
American government was created to serve the people so that their individual
rights are protected. So, this nation was founded as a Republic, not a democracy
because democracy is majority rule. Majority rule means that - right or wrong -
the decision of the largest group of people is the final say in any matter.
Thus, in a democracy, individual rights do not exist. All laws are passed for
"the common good" regardless of individual rights. It was in this way that the
NAZIs were able to commit democide, the extermination of entire segments of the
population. They'd convinced the German people that the Jews (and other groups,
one by one...) were a public health hazard and that for the common good, they
should be relocated. The German people agreed, they were in the majority, and
the rest, as they say - is history.
Now, the question of what form of government is best comes to the surface.
Clearly, Democracy is a disaster and is to be greatly feared. That leaves
monarchy, oligarchy and anarchy.
In the first paragraph of this page, we explained that government in America is
here to rule - to the extent that it only protects individual rights as
specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights. The Constitution defines the form
and components, the "constitution" of our government and what powers it has.
Those powers not listed in the Constitution - are not granted to government by
the people! Remember that in America, the government is of the people, by the
people and for the people, that is: each individual that is in the body of the
people. So, it follows that the Constitution grants power to government from the
people, who have inalienable rights that are granted by a transcendent, supreme
being, the very one that created the universe and all of mankind.
Essentially, there's the American Way - the epitome of western civilization -
and then there's everything else. "Everything else" is government that exists
for the people to serve, the very opposite of the American Way, the American Way
being the greatest form of government to ever exist. The difference between our
American form of government and everything else is night and day, although our
enemies would have us believe otherwise...
"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have,
taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they
have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to
that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get
and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth
nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words,
government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance
auction sale of stolen goods." -- H. L. Mencken
"Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The
constitution was made to safeguard the people against the dangers of good
intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to
govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." -- Daniel
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the
most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under
omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his
cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own
good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own
conscience." -- C. S. Lewis