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Critical Thinking: Media Bias, Identity Politics, Mob Rule vs. Democracy Facts, Constitutional Republic

Critical Thinking:

Media Bias, Identity Politics, Mob Rule vs. Democracy Facts, Constitutional Republic

Rush Limbaugh

Media Bias against the Constitutional Republic

“The subversion of democracy was the explicit intent of the framers.” Wait. What? “The subversion of democracy was the explicit intent of the framers.” “Think the Constitution Will Save Us? Think Again.” That’s the headline to this piece. The subhead: “The subversion of democracy was the explicit intent of the framers.” Now, that headline is designed to appeal to low-information, uninformed people, and the effect of that subheadline is to mean: Your vote doesn’t count!

The framers did not believe in full-fledged, open democracy because that’s majority rule. That’s why we set up a constitutional republic so that elected representatives represent swaths of people. But there is no direct democracy in the United States by design because it’s mob rule! A lot of people don’t understand this. They think that we are democracy. My favorite way of illustrating how we are not a democracy, is let’s say we have a group of five people. Three men… No! Three women and two men.

Democracy means Mob Rule

One of the three women makes a motion. “I motion that we put the two men in jail. Let’s have a vote.” The three women vote “yep;” the two men vote “no.” The two men lose, and they go to jail. That is a democracy. It’s pure mob rule. That’s what we don’t have. We have a representative republic. But these people writing this piece are not attempting to explain that. They’re trying to make you think that the framers of this country knew that elections and democracy needed to be subverted because we can’t trust the people.

The American government is structured by an 18th-century text that is almost impossible to change. These ills didn’t come about by accident; the subversion of democracy was the explicit intent of the Constitution’s framers. For James Madison, writing in Federalist No. 10, ‘Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention’ incompatible with the rights of property owners.

“The byzantine Constitution he helped create serves as the foundation for a system of government that rules over people, rather than an evolving tool for popular self-government.” This is one of the greatest bastardizations of the Constitution I have encountered, and its purpose is to suggest to people on the left who religiously read the New York Times — and other low-information or uneducated people — that our Constitution actually thwarts the will of the people. That our Constitution subverts your having a say in the way your government is running because the founders — these rich white guys — didn’t trust you.

Identity Politics vs. Constitutional Republic

You, Miss African-American! You, Miss Puerto Rican. You, Mr. Whatever. You, minority here, there, and even some of you stupid white people. They didn’t trust you! All of this is designed to misrepresent the Constitution, the founding, and to try to convince people that a bunch of rich white guys set up a government where only they and their descendants would be in possession of true power.

And, as such, it has to be blown up. But the problem, they go on, is the Constitution is too hard to change. It’s just too hard to change! These guys are really, really smart, these rich white guys. We have to take drastic action! Now, they don’t actually get to the point of suggesting eliminating elections. That’s not gonna come immediately. But it’s where all of this is headed.

RUSH: Let me share with you just a couple more things from this op-ed piece in the New York Times, “Think the Constitution Will Save Us? Think Again. … There’s a reason we’re the only developed country without guarantees such as universal health care and paid maternity leave.” Yep, the Constitution! The rich white guys that founded the country. They are the reason. “While preserving and expanding the Bill of Rights’s incomplete safeguards of individual freedoms…” These people are so full of it. That’s…

They don’t even understand the brilliance of the document. “While preserving and expanding the Bill of Rights’s incomplete safeguards of individual freedoms, we need to start working toward the establishment of a new political system that truly represents Americans. … establishing federal control over elections and developing a simpler way to amend the Constitution through national referendum.”

Left seeks to Establish federal control over elections.

In their minds, that means establish liberal or leftist control over elections, and that will eventually lead to getting rid of them.

RUSH: Again, now, the two writers of this piece, Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara, they close by saying, “As long as we think of our Constitution as a sacred document, instead of an outdated relic, we’ll have to deal with its anti-democratic consequences.”

The Founders did not want to Establish Mob Rule

So, ladies and gentlemen, the Constitution is the single undying idea, unifying idea that binds us together. And here’s the left, the American left believing the Constitution is divisive. This is why we can never agree. This is why there is never any common ground. I mean, if we’re gonna take a look at the Constitution, and they see it as a dying relic that is anti-democratic and — in fact, you know, they call it anti-democratic when it is, in the sense that the founders did not want to establish mob rule.

The founders didn’t want to establish a situation in the U.S. Senate where the senators from California could render the senators from Wyoming irrelevant on every vote, why even have a senator from Wyoming. That’s why they did it is to give equal representation to everybody in the country. And most of these people doing the complaining are minorities in one way or another.

And they don’t have the slightest understanding that the Constitution of the United States is the greatest document ever. The greatest document ever written codifying and underscoring the powers of people in the minority.

This is the lone document in the history of nations that has given and granted powers and representation to minorities, not to mention enumerating their right to free speech where the government cannot shut up them up, the government cannot tell them what they can and cannot say, the government cannot infringe on their liberty.

The Constitution protects Us against Mob Rule

The Constitution gives us the first 10 Amendments and the Bill of Rights so that even a unanimous vote in Congress is not enough to strip those God-given rights away because the rights enumerated in our Constitution don’t came from government; they come from God. It is a document for all time.

And the fact that the American left now wants to use it as a building block to begin this process of eliminating the role of elections because they simply can’t win every one of them — do not doubt me this is where we’re headed.

And I’ll take this a step further. When we talk about the left and their grievances, what really are they? Where are we at this stage in our culture and society with all of the division, the lack of unity, seemingly drifting further and further apart. In my mind, there is a single — well, it’s more complicated than this, but there’s a really good, primary reason for all of this. And I believe that it all began with the idea of multiculturalism, because that is what has led to identity politics.

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