The slogan of the Communist Party USA is “For democracy. For Equality. For Socialism.” What's wrong with democracy and equality, you may ask? I am glad you asked.
A single definition of democracy does not exist. The word democracy does not appear in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States.
So do we have a democracy? Mark Hendrickson, an economist, describes America as an“essentially democratic, individual rights-based constitutional republic.”
Thank God we have more than a democracy. Even Aristotle was not a fan of democracy, which usually amounts to the concept that the majority rules.
That sounds fair to me, you say? Think about it. If the majority in your community was allowed to do whatever the majority decided to do, then all non-bicycle owners who happen to outnumber the bicycle owners in your community could just decided that you need to let them use your bikes all summer, while you get to own them in the winter, and there is nothing you could do about it.
To not fall to oppression, you need to have your property-owning rights protected from the majority.
Luckily, our Founding Fathers had done their homework and studied ancient Greece and the French Revolution to know that a citizen's greatest endangerment to their individual rights and freedoms comes from the government, no matter how freely elected. They understood that any rules for governing a free country would have to include many checks on the power the government has over its citizens. Thus, the Bill of Rights was born.
In case you need a review of your civics class, the rights protected in the Bill of Rights are not “rights” provided to you by the government, such as housing, health care or education. True individual rights are inalienable ("unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor") and belong to each individual.
It is not the government who grants us the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, rights to free speech, assembly and religion.
Granted, it took our nation a while to get equality right when it came to human rights. Equality under the law assures equal opportunity for all, which our country is proud to provide to all its citizens since ending slavery in 1861 and securing the Civil Rights Act in 1964.
Nowhere else in the world can people of all colors live as peaceably with each other while each pursues their dreams, and rise to fame and fortune if they so desire.
Don't fall for the communist slogan. Democracy in the communist sense simply means the tyrannical majority gets to do to you whatever they want. Equality in the communist sense simply means attempting to make everyone equal despite their individual efforts or lack thereof, which can only be achieved by treating people unequally.
Stand for the Republic, so we can keep it, or we will fall for the Communists, and with it will fall our nation.