- Saturday, December 16, 2023

President Biden is running for reelection to save what he calls democracy from Caesar Augustus in waiting: former President Donald Trump.

Since “Bidenomics” is as popular as Dylan Mulvaney’s commercials for Bud Light, the president’s reelection team — aka the Suicide Squad — has decided that the road to victory lies in convincing voters that the likely Republican nominee is a sinister figure who would transform the land of the free into a nation of storm troopers, stiff-arm salutes and tax reform.

Mr. Biden told a fundraiser in September, “Donald Trump and his MAGA Republicans are determined to destroy American democracy.”

American democracy is here defined as at least 8 million illegal aliens in the past three years, trillion-dollar deficits and a war on fossil fuels. Why, the ex-president and his MAGA brownshirts might even turn the Department of Justice and the FBI on his opponents and raid their homes.

How can you destroy what doesn’t exist? America is not a democracy, though we’re moving in that direction at alarming speed.

We started as a republic with certain democratic features. In the purest sense, democracy means majority rule in all cases with no safeguards for the rights of minorities.

If America were a democracy, presidents would be elected by direct popular vote. They would not be limited to two terms but could die in office, as Franklin Roosevelt did.

Large and small states wouldn’t have the same representation in the Senate. Nine appointed (that is, unelected) officials would not determine the meaning of the Constitution.

The federal government would work as well as California.

The Founding Fathers feared democracy, not because they were plutocrats in powdered wigs, but because they knew, as students of history, that democracy never worked. That’s why the word “democracy” appears nowhere in our nation’s founding documents.

The Constitution speaks of establishing justice, ensuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense and promoting the general welfare, all of which have been degraded by the president and his party.

As we become more democratic, we become more dysfunctional.

A republic protects the rights of citizens. A democracy ignores them when it’s convenient, like gun control laws that violate the Second Amendment.

A democracy is spendthrift. A republic is frugal. A republic punishes criminals. A democracy punishes everyone else. A republic jealously guards our sovereignty. A democracy is happy to surrender it piecemeal to international bodies.

Democracy is a supersized government.

In a republic, holding public office is a trust, not a career. In a democracy, someone who is dumb as topsoil can be elected in a one-party state and spend decades in the most powerful deliberative body in the world and then ascend to the presidency.

President Woodrow Wilson got us into World War I to “make the world safe for democracy.” Look at how well that worked. We toppled monarchies to see them replaced by totalitarian regimes.

Democracy is about expanding the franchise to the point of absurdity. On Dec. 6, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts Democrat, introduced legislation to allow 16-year-olds and “incarcerated citizens” (felons in prison) to vote in federal elections.

If 16-year-olds have the wisdom and maturity to vote, why not 12-year-olds, especially with members of the teachers unions to guide them?

Who better to have a hand in making our laws than those convicted of repeatedly breaking our laws? Marxists who believe crime is caused by economic injustice can relate to incarcerated citizens.

The Democratic Party wants to see elections dominated by the clueless, like the 25% of college students who think the Holocaust is a myth.

Democracy is a con. Elites control the process and make the masses think they’re in charge.

When did we vote on President Biden’s college debt forgiveness scheme, government paying for the genital mutilation of minors, open borders or international climate change initiatives that will send us reeling back to the Stone Age?

Democracy is the religion of the party that doesn’t believe in God. Politicians like Mr. Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer are its high priests.

Mr. Biden can’t even quote the preamble to the Declaration of Independence correctly. During the 2020 campaign, the president declared: “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women are created by the, you know, you know, the thing.”

Who better to lead a crusade to save democracy from The Donald and his MAGA meanies?

The best thing Mr. Biden could do for representative government would be to take a civics course — after he resigns from office.

• Don Feder is a columnist with The Washington Times.

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