The Tyranny of the Majority

silenceofmind has an interesting post here. Below is the counterpart to the map he displays. Check out => http://www.vividmaps.com/2016/12/trumpland-and-clinton-archipelago.html.

Few Americans give much thought to the fact our government is constitutional republic. Yet we have a Constitution, including the 10th Amendment. That Constitution authorizes the Federal Government to do certain things. It is a charter, and that is the point of a charter, state the purpose of an organization and the powers given to it.

For added clarity, we have the 10th Amendment.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Obviously, the Constitution exists to keep our leaders from just doing whatever it is they might want to do.

Here is the key. Who decides what the Constitution says and how we implement it? Ultimately, We the People do. Our elected officials in the Federal Government do not have the authority to change the Constitution. Even the Supreme Court does not have the authority to change the Constitution. The Supreme Court only has the authority to interpret it. When the President, Congress, or the Court interpret the Constitution wrongly, We the People have the obligation to correct the offender(s). Our republic belongs to all of us, not just our leaders.

Moreover, the Constitution is not just designed to put the brakes on overly ambitious politicians. We have a constitutional republic because the majority of We the People cannot be trusted to decide some things for the minority. When some popular jackass proposes to abuse the power of government, the Constitution is designed to put the brakes on the majority and force We the People to seriously contemplate the matter. That process can fail to happen when We the People allow the Constitution to just mean what the people in power want it to mean.

What is the alternative? Majoritarian tyranny. What majoritarian tyranny involves is a political system unrestrained by any fixed laws. The law then is whatever the “majority” wants it to be at that particular moment. In such a system, political leaders retain power so long as they reward enough of the right people (special interests), and they don’t piss off too many others. Because the “balance” produced by such a system is so precarious (to put it kindly), when majoritarian tyranny is allowed to progress, majoritarian tyranny always leads to just plain tyranny.

In our country and in most of the West, many politicians want the people to accept Socialism. Socialism uses government power to rob the “rich” and redistribute their wealth to the poor. Because we don’t study history as we should, we “forget” Socialism does not work, but history records that experiments to test Socialism (a system designed to redistribute wealth) have been tried repeatedly. Even the Pilgrims tried Socialism at Plymouth Rock. Fortunately for us, after half of them starved, they gave up on the idea. Others, Communists and the Nazis have demonstrated what happens when Socialism is allowed to progress. Then Socialism produced tyrants such as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Zedong, tens of millions of dead, and much sorrow.

Silence of Mind

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

clinton-archipelago

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, but the people who voted for her were clustered (re: cloistered) within very small geographical areas (1).

Donald Trump won in 2626 counties.

Hillary Clinton won in 487 counties (2).

Taking lessons in political philosophy from ancient Greeks like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle (all of whom had deep misgivings about pure majority rule), America’s Founding Fathers (namely Alexander Hamilton) instituted the Electoral College.

Why do people who live in mega-populated urban areas tend to hallucinate a Democrat Party-dominated organized crime syndicate called the Federal Government as something good?

  1. http://www.vividmaps.com/2016/12/trumpland-and-Clinton-archipelago.html
  2. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2016/12/06/1206-clinton-won-487-counties.html

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4 thoughts on “The Tyranny of the Majority

  1. The function of the Electoral College in this year’s election reminded me a how mathematics can be also be used to solve social problems.

    For example, even if you add, subtract, divide, or multiply millions of zeros, the total is going to be just a bunch of zeros.

    Hamilton was good at math perhaps?

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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