And is there any left after McHutchenson vs. FEC?
“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” ~James Madison, Federalist Papers No. 62
One of the cheapest ways to corrupt a mixed-constitutional system, or republic, is to ensure that the democratic branch is unaware of what type of system they live in, and thus are unable to vote to preserve the balance of powers. Like thinking they live in a “democracy.”
This is far cheaper than owning the president, or buying off the legislative branch.Democracy’s sound nice, but the Athenian model had numerous problems, including “ochlocracy” as noted here, which is the tyranny of the majority, or “kakocracy” which is rule by the worst or stupidest element. This can also be a problem in a 2-party republic that is not parliamentary, such as ours.
In a Democracy, the people don’t vote on representatives, as in a republic (in a time of crisis, they appointed a dictator: every interested citizen put their name in an urn, and one was drawn, showing how democracy alone decays into tyranny again or mob rule). In Athens the people did vote on the laws. Only in a republic however do we vote on our representatives.
Only a republic can prevent kingship from decaying into tyranny, oligarchy from turning into aristocracy, and democracy decaying into a system that starts the cycle all over again (ergo why communism didn’t work).
As for servitude, if there is no political system, of course, the power vacuum would be instantly filled by a king. So is it servitude to wish to be in control of governance of oneself? If the truth doesn’t come out about how to harness control of our government, lies that disempower you will.
Is it a failure of the legislative branch, or a failure of the democratic branch to check obvious faux pas? Or a concerted disinformation campaign to ensure they don’t know how? Clinton says it was the latter. But ignorance has continued pervasive since the Dark Ages. Stand for nothing, and fall for anything.
However, one important aspect of a republic is that even uneducated people are supposed to be able to look at the laws and tell if they are just.
Of course, by this token, the Supreme Court is a strange oddity. Even it’s name seems unrepublican, like the Supreme Leader. See how they folded up the power and put it away, like a piece of paper tucked in some powerful person’s pocket.
Why these concepts are so important to understand! This no doubt accounts for the spate of quotes from Framers. A unconstitutional decision about unconstitutionality cannot hold firm, and yet they have supreme power over the constitution itself. But a constitutions one and only job is to uphold the divine separation of powers, which the FEC decision utterly fails to do, contradicting every recommendation from our founding fathers, and Academic philosophers like Plato and Cicero.
The power of iudicium, or the power to judge, is an important political power taken away from a king upon the founding of a republic. The other power is imperium, the ability to use physical force. Since administering the law courts, and using public money for public things, are pretty much the only duties of the legislature, is there any legitimacy to outsourcing it, our removing its authority from the ability of other branches to check?
If having the legislature regulate campaign finance was bad enough (or worse than their inability to have this be regulated in the first place), now they’ve sent it to a branch of government beyond the people to check, predictably allowing corruption to run rampant.