This is a good enough reason to move to Utah, if you have school aged children.
Utah to require teaching that US is a Republic, not a Democracy (Three cheers for Utah!)
This is a good enough reason to move to Utah, IMO. The misapplication of the word "democracy" and the resultant fetish that our political culture has with the term has frustrated me for years.
What people seem to not understand is what democracy really means. Benjamin Franklin described it as "two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner." I think that's pretty accurate. Democracy can justify anything, even the most abhorrent behavior, by getting 51% of the people to support the abhorrent behavior. In a true democracy, a majority dictates morality. It's right if 51% of people agree with you, or so the logic goes.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, March 8, a bill requiring Utah schools to teach that the United States is a republic and not a democracy, is being sent to the governor for his signature, after being passed in both houses of the state legislature.
HB 220 underwent weeks of debate over the definitions of different forms of government, and whether or not socialism is a form of government or a philosophy. Opponents claimed that the billís concepts are already being taught in schools and that the legislature neednít be involved in curriculum matters, but on Monday, bill sponsor Republican Sen. Mark Madsen (pictured above) defended the necessity of the bill, saying some states indoctrinate children in socialism:
This is happening at least in some places in our country, so I believe this is all the more important in this state, so that we can protect our children from such curriculum.The CATO Institute describes it thus:This bill in Utah is a great step in the right direction.
The Constitution of the United States established the basic structure of a compound republic, a federal structure in which there are two or more levels of government [state and federal], each of which has the primary if not sole authority for a specific set of collective decisions. The U.S. federal structure is characterized by a separation of powers within the federal government and between the federal and state governments.
In many respects, democracy is becoming the current de facto form of American government (impeded only by the clever roadblocks inserted into our Constitution by our Founders) and needs no elaboration as to how itís not working. Constitutionalists who know or remember the concept of separation of powers, and understand why itís important to recognize America as a republic, find Utahís news refreshing, and hope that other states will follow suit.
It's high time that the leaders of America realize and acknowledge what made America great, and it wasn't democracy. It was our Constitution, which places limits on democracy and (theoretically, at least) protects individual rights. It hasn't been perfect, but it made us the greatest nation on earth, for as long as we held it dear. Maybe we should try to get back to what works.