Have we kept it?
What is a republic and why was that so important to the founding fathers?
A republic is a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives. A republic has an elected or nominated president. In contrast, in a monarchy, most of the authority in the state is exercised by the monarch or by others on behalf of the monarch.
What has our government done these past 8 years?
- Obamacare (Affordable Care Act). Did enough of us want this kind of insurance to increase our tax burden that it should have been federal law? It started with 40 co-sponsors, none from our state and only 2 being Republican. It worked its way through the system, being heavily sponsored by President Obama so much so that when it passed in the House in 2010 by SEVEN VOTES, we were already calling it Obamacare! Admittedly, nearly nobody read the whole bill before they voted on it, and people have been calling for its repeal from the moment it was signed. With premiums rising, the nation has seen a 24% increase in monthly membership to Medicaid since 2013. One in 5 people in Minnesota have Medicaid now. These numbers don't prove the "success" of a people who chose the program; it shows the fact that law-abiding citizens have been forced into a system they didn't ever want. The state of MN has been keeping up with the premiums by kicking in subsidies for even up to 400% of the poverty level, and that only goes to prove that the law made insurance UNaffordable to the average citizens of our state!
- Hunger-Free Kids Act. This bill was so championed by the first lady, children don't complain about the lunch lady anymore, they blame Michelle Obama for their dislike of school food. Last year, when the House Republicans tried to answer the complaints of their constituents (people and schools), Michelle Obama got into the scene and fought back. The people lost! Try calling your congressman or the USDA today about what they're "offering" your kids at school, and you will find that your opinion falls on deaf ears. I, personally, was told by the USDA that since this was public school lunch, I didn't have a say-- the Government was the one in charge. I beg to differ! We all have a say! We pay for that school lunch with our tax dollars and some of us still opt out of the free lunch program, paying additionally. As you can read in her own speech, Michelle Obama is more concerned about what a handful of "experts" say about food than what your kids and you would prefer they eat.
I am sure you can think of your own examples of the executive branch going beyond the intended bounds... here's a reference to the numerous executive orders our president has made: White House Executive Orders. As we move ahead, what happens to these executive orders? They are there until someone can create a different law or executive order or until the court system overrules it. With this one-stop law-making process, it pushes you and I out of the power realm and decision-making process, truly making it harder for our leaders to hear from all the people and respect their opinions. I'm sorry to say, Ben Franklin, we don't appear to have as much of a republic today.
The republic requires the people to exercise their power. The constitution gave us the framework for this in the following ways: voting, running for office, being on a jury, having the freedom to speak up, meet, protest, petition, and impeach when necessary. We can bring to justice those leaders who usurp their authority. If we do not use these freedoms, we will lose our republic completely. The future of America is up to us! We need to teach our children by example what it means to have a republic. We, the people, let's not forget who we are! Keep the republic!