In times past, should there have been a private or public matter you didn’t agree with and you wanted it changed because you knew beyond all doubt it was wrong, you simply went out and ginned up support in an attempt to get the matter satisfactorily resolved.
This grievance could have been anything from a new rule having been put into place at work, to even a new federal, state or local law enacted that perhaps adversely affected far many more people.
Should you have received enough support for your cause, depending of course on what it was, you at least stood a reasonable chance of getting the perceived wrong righted.
That’s the way a Republic system of government is supposed to work — the specific kind of democratic system framed for this country by the Forefathers nearly three centuries ago. If the majority wants it, typically and eventually the majority, through its elected officials and institutional heads, gets it.
In a Republic system, rules and laws lay in the hands of its citizens, at least that’s the way the Founders intended it to function when they established ours.
But unless you’ve been vacationing on Mars these last few years, you know all too well we haven’t been living in anything close to the perfect world the Founders envisioned for the United States.
We’ve witnessed so much craziness in the past five years or so that it now feels like nothing about the Constitution is safe from sabotage.
One group burns down and loots cities, resulting in billions of dollars in damage and/or complete destruction, and darn near gets lionized as saints by Woke spreaders and disciples for their criminal actions.
Another group seemingly wanting nothing more than to practice their Constitutional right to peacefully protest in our nation’s capital, true to form, is regarded by these same Woke spreaders and disciples as ruthless and pitiless invading Mongols bent on a takeover of the government. (Some of you may insist the Jan. 6 event was an all-out insurrection. All I can say is you didn’t watch the same video coverage of that day that I did.)
Viruses running amok, with some even being prophesized by “clairvoyants and leading experts” like Bill Gates months and even years before they actually come on the scene to terrorize the world.
An obviously dementia-debilitated president and leader of the free world who has to be given cue cards by his handlers just so he can get through a brief press conference and then return to the Oval Office without getting hopelessly lost somewhere else in the White House.
There is a list chocked full of many more instances of modern-day craziness that collectively are directly linked to our Constitution’s degradation, but I won’t waste any more time and space listing them here.
Mainly because you probably already know them better than you care to know and there’s really no need. But also because I deviated a little from the main topic at hand, which is democratic majority rule in a Republic system of government, and I feel obligated to return and focus on that.
As I previously pointed out, the majority is supposed to rule in a democracy like ours. But, as I also previously stated, seemingly this along with other grand ideals would appear to be dissipating into nothingness faster, as no more significant, than spit on a red-hot stove.
Apparently nowadays a few people, even a lone individual, can easily circumvent the will of a greater number of people and seemingly do so with relative ease.
Here’s what I believe to be a rapidly evolving classic example:
Recently at a prestigious Ivy League school, Cornell University, a bronze Gettysburg Address plaque and bust of the man who delivered that brief but arguably greatest of all speeches in American history, Abraham Lincoln, was removed from the school’s library.
And the reason for their removal?
“Someone complained, and it was gone,” a university professor named Randy Wayne told a local news outlet.
After stopping by the library and noticing both the plaque and bust were nowhere to be found, naturally the professor asked the librarians about it.
The very pithy and almost predictable answer he received from these keepers of books was completely befitting of the notion that the will of the majority, in application at least, is getting to be irrelevant in this country.
Some kind of complaint. Nothing else, just someone didn’t like these national emblems and wanted them removed, so they were removed.
As simple and as unchallenged as that. No vote on the matter, no input from all the other students and faculty. Just removed because they cut someone’s sensibilities to the quick.
Some may wonder how a time-tested Republic like ours could possibly be adversely affected by a lone person succeeding in getting what he/she perceives to be distasteful emblems removed from a college library irrespective of what, I’m certain, a vast majority of others believed and wanted.
Others may ask, what harm could actually result if a small number of burners and looters do succeed in destroying and/or getting public monuments dismantled despite an almost deafening opposing outcry by everyone else not them?
If I have to explain either, I’m afraid we’re in far much more trouble than even the most Pollyanna among us could have ever imagined.