Here's a newsflash for Justice Ginsberg, who obviously needs to go back and take 7th Grade Civics 101 - America is not a Democracy. In fact, the founders specifically rejected a democracy as our form of government, and chose instead a REPUBLIC, which is far different from a Democracy.
And therein lies the basis for most of the trouble in America - altogether too many people are unaware of that simple fact. Even our Congressmen and presidents seem to think America is supposed to be a Democracy. It is not. Worse yet, some think a Republic is a democracy. It is not.
Until FDR, every school child knew America was a Republic and not a democracy. Then FDR started calling it a democracy, and the liberal editors of school textbooks changed the reference from a Republic to a Democracy. Entire texts were devoted to convincing Americans that we live in a democracy.
Why did FDR initiate such a change? Because liberalism cannot survive in a Republic, but thrives in a democracy. To understand this, one should first understand the difference.
In a Republic, every individual is equal in rights and powers as every other. No person - or group of persons - can take away the rights of anyone. But in a Democracy. the majority rules. If a majority of the people decide on something, everyone is forced to go along, which robs those in the minority of their rights under a Republic. You could say that the only political party that has it right is the Libertarian party.
In a country where the majority rules, liberals can gain power and, using majority rule, build a nanny state of dependent citizens and work toward a socialist state. That could not happen in a Republic. Which is precisely why the founders specifically decided America would be a Republic.
If you doubt the intentions of the founders on this issue, read Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution, where it states, "The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican Form of Government..."
The founders understood - as did FDR and the progressive liberals that followed - that a democracy always devolves into socialism, simply because once the people discover they can use majority rule to vote themselves benefits at the expense of others, they will do so. So the founders chose a Republic. Liberals chose a democracy.
It would be a very good thing if, before allowing anyone to sit on the Supreme Court that we insist they swear allegiance to the REPUBLIC of the United States, and understand that America is NOT a Democracy, nor should it be. If they do not understand that simple concept upon which the Constitution was written, they should not be passing judgement on any issues.
Before I sign off, remember...
It is the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", not "Battle Hymn of the Democracy"
And it is "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands..." It is not "and to the Democracy for which it stands".
We, the people are losing our rights, power and control over our destiny simply because we choose to remain ignorant of what our rights are, and how to protect them.
"A primary object...should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a Republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing...than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country." GEORGE WASHINGTON