Our Democracy Is A Fraud?
Perhaps weíre not as free as we think
By Andrew P. Napolitano
July 24, 2014 "ICH"
if you were allowed to vote only because it
didnít make a difference? What if no matter how
you voted, the elites always got their way? What
if the concept of one person-one vote was just a
fiction created by the government to induce your
democracy as it has come to exist in America
today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if
our so-called democracy erodes the peopleís
understanding of natural rights and the reasons
for government and, instead, turns political
campaigns into beauty contests? What if American
democracy allows the government to do anything
it wants, as long as more people bother to show
up at the voting booth to support the government
than show up to say no?
the purpose of contemporary democracy has been
to convince people that they could prosper not
through the voluntary creation of wealth but
through theft from others? What if the only
moral way to acquire wealth is through voluntary
economic activity? What if the government
convinced the people that they could acquire
wealth through political activity? What if
economic activity includes all the productive
and peaceful things we voluntarily do? What if
political activity includes all the parasitical
and destructive things the government does? What
if the government has never created wealth? What
if everything the government owns it has stolen?
governments were originally established to
protect peopleís freedoms but always turn into
political and imperialist enterprises that seek
to expand their power, increase their territory
and heighten their control of the population?
What if the idea that we need a government to
take care of us is a fiction perpetrated to
increase the size of government? What if our
strength as individuals and durability as a
culture are contingent not on the strength of
the government, but on the amount of freedom we
have from the government?
the fatal cocktail of big government and
democracy ultimately produces dependency? What
if so-called democratic government, once it
grows to a certain size, begins to soften and
weaken the people? What if big government
destroys peopleís motivations and democracy
convinces them that the only motivation they
need is to vote and go along with the results?
Congress isnít actually as democratic as it
appears? What if congressional elections donít
square with congressional legislation because
the polls arenít what counts, but what counts
are the secret meetings that come after the
voting? What if the monster Joe Stalin was right
when he said the most powerful person in the
world is the guy who counts the votes? What if
the vote counting that really counts takes place
in secret? What if thatís how we lost our
the problem with democracy is that the majority
thinks it can right any wrong, write any law,
tax any event, regulate any behavior and acquire
anything it wants? What if the greatest tyrant
in history lives among us? What if that tyrant
always gets its way, no matter what the laws are
or what the Constitution says? What if that
tyrant is the majority of voters? What if the
majority in a democracy recognizes no limits on
the government misinforms voters so they will
justify anything the government wants to do?
What if the government bribes people with the
money it prints? What if it gives entitlements
to the poor and tax breaks to the middle class
and bailouts to the rich just to keep everyone
dependent on it? What if a vibrant republic
requires not just the democratic process of
voting, but also informed and engaged voters who
understand first principles of human existence,
including the divine origin and inalienable
individual possession of natural rights?
we could free ourselves from the yoke of big
government through a return to first principles?
What if the establishment doesnít want this?
What if the government remains the same no
matter who wins elections? What if we have only
one political party ó the Big Government Party ó
and it has a Democratic wing and a Republican
wing? What if both wings want war and taxes and
welfare and perpetual government growth, but
offer only slightly different menus on how to
achieve them? What if the Big Government Party
enacted laws to make it impossible for
meaningful political competition to thrive?
the late progressive Edmund S. Morgan was right
when he said that government depends on
make-believe? What if our ancestors made believe
that the king was divine? What if they made
believe that he could do no wrong? What if they
made believe that the voice of the king was the
voice of God?
the government believes in make-believe? What if
it made believe that the people have a voice?
What if it made believe that the representatives
of the people are the people? What if it made
believe that the governors are the servants of
the people? What if it made believe that all men
are created equal, or that they are not?
the government made believe that it is always
right? What if it made believe that the majority
can do no wrong? What if the tyranny of the
majority is as destructive to human freedom as
the tyranny of a madman? What if the government
we do about it?
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the
Superior Court of New Jersey, is an analyst for
the Fox News Channel. He has written seven books
on the U.S. Constitution.