An Open Letter To Tucker Carlson
Is America Supposed To Be A Democracy?
Paul Venable, Chairman of the Constitution Party of Missouri and recent
candidate for United States Senate, answers this question for Tucker! Listen to this audio recording or read below.
I’m reaching out to you because America needs your help.
First, allow me to compliment your courage and fortitude in reporting truth that most other journalists dare not touch. Your love for America and your passion for striking at the root of any issue is evident and your audience, including myself, rewards you for it by tuning in to Tucker Carlson Tonight.
While it may not have been readily apparent during our lifetimes, the last few years have offered the stark realization that something is deeply awry in the world and especially in America. The real virus we are suffering from is not C O V I D – 1 9, but the COMMAND-AND-CONTROL VIRUS that has infected governments worldwide and has become entrenched in our own.
While I may be just a common citizen of little consequence, I am reaching out to you for your help because my urgent concern is something that you alone can address.
Tucker, as words are your stock and trade, I ask you to consider communicating with more precision on the use of one word: democracy. America needs your help to disabuse your audience of this unproductive, dangerous and pernicious concept and even invite them to help you spread a more accurate message.
While you can be distinguished as an anomaly among mainstream media journalists, you inexplicably fall in line with this aspect of the language, constantly referencing our “democracy” and our need to defend such. While you use the word “democracy” fairly loosely and liberally in your broadcasting, the liberal faction of the broadcast media uses this word with precision. Again, my plea to you, is to do the same, but in so doing, to expose its real meaning and the dangers it poses to restoring Liberty in America.
While I expect that you are well read, yet, you may not have come across this quote from Plato’s Republic,
“And so tyranny naturally rises out of democracy.”
- Plato, 1999 (Originally published in 360 BC), The Republic, Book VIII, (New York, NY: Barnes & Nobles Book), p. 264.
…or these words from James Madison, considered the father of the Constitution from Federalist #10.
“…democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
“Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.”
- James Madison, November 22, 1787, Federalist Paper No. 10. Taken from James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers
Doesn’t this sound familiar… like the very things we are experiencing in our day?
Our second President, John Adams was no less animated about the failings of democracy. Sharing his words from a letter to John Tayler, he said:
“Remember Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes exhausts and murders itself. There never was a Democracy Yet, that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to Say that Democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious or less avaricious than Aristocracy or Monarchy. It is not true in Fact and no where appears in history.”
- John Adams, Letter to John Taylor, 17 December 1814
Finally, while this quote has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin, even if he didn’t say it, it is no less accurate.
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner…”
This latter quote goes to the heart of why democracy is an undesirable proposition. Why is it that democracy is not what the Founders intended? Why is it that we pledge allegiance to the flag, but not “…and to the democracy for which it stands?”
The simplest answer is that democracy is majority rule, fifty percent, plus one – and in this kind of government, the rights of the minority can be, and are eventually, overthrown. Another term for it can be – mob rule.
So Tucker… JUST. STOP. IT!
If not a democracy, then, what have we?
Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.” – [emphasis added]
While saying that we have a “republic” would be a simpler and somewhat more accurate description of how our government structure is organized, we in America have something that is unique among the governments of the world, and even others which include “Republic” in their names. We have –
“…a hybrid Constitutional Republic with a very unique form of republicanism.
“Our form of government is to be republican (representative in form) and democratic (the people are to vote for their [local] representatives).”
This allows for
- A diffusion of power;
- A moderating influence against extreme positions;
- A structure that protects the rights of the minority;
- Governing influenced by the People at the most local level.
Understanding our true form of government allows us to use the tools that the Constitution offers We the People and the several States to solve every problem that is plaguing America today. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE!
So again, are the members of Congress and the mainstream press either ignorant of this distinction or deliberately hiding it? Maybe someone, somehow, is attempting to impose a democracy on We the People of the United States.
We have been conditioned in the last many decades that we need to…
- “Save our democracy;”
- Export democracy around the world (even, if sometimes necessary, at the point of a gun?);
- Fight against those things that are “dangerous to our democracy!”
NOTHING could be FURTHER from the TRUTH!
Tucker, you have done well to embody the mission of your Alma Mater, Trinity College:
“We believe in transcending boundaries. Defying standard definitions. Staying true to ourselves, and going our own way.”
In so doing, you have been – and are currently – in the right position, “…for such a time as this.” So now, Tucker, we are returning to why America needs your help. It is up to those of us who Dare to be American to disabuse the public mind on what America is and what form of government we have. The unfortunate truth in our nation today is that democracy is what the enemies of Liberty are seeking.
I appeal to you to use your influence in this effort to Advance the Cause of Liberty and invite our fellow Americans to Reclaim the Republic.
It is said, that…
“An honest, but mistaken man, once shown the truth, either ceases to be mistaken or ceases to be honest.”
So Tucker… What say ye?