Wise Up Journal
by Benjamin Smith-Kavanagh & Saoirse MacSimon
Would you rather live in a Republic or a Democracy? Supposedly we live in The Republic Of Ireland, but in actuality it is treated as The Democratic State of Ireland. The difference has a huge impact on everyone’s life.
One of the major differences is that in a Republic the person’s rights are paramount and must be safeguarded at all costs. While in a Democracy the State can make everyone conform to the beliefs they want, and introduce any amount of laws which take away inalienable individual rights of a person in the name of what is “best”.
Under a Democracy nothing is safeguarded, anything can be put up to a vote. 10% of the population could turn out for a vote on a new law that infringes on our rights and 51% of those people can vote yes to taking away rights from the other 94.9%of society.
A Republic protects rights and focuses on the individual not groups/classes. Remember that individual does not mean selfish; for example, “An individual can not harass another individual”, would be a desirable rule of law compared to, “Harassment of minorities is illegal”, which is an unjust group/class rule. Over the last few years the Irish government has been hard at work introducing some of the most draconian laws and measures disguised in the name of fighting serious crime and terrorism. This by their very nature goes against the principles of a Republic as they are taking our rights away because of small groups, for example criminals and terrorists. More people die from salmonella poisoning than from terrorism, but taking our rights away to fight salmonella would not work as public manipulators need “creditable” sounding reasons. The real terrorists are the ones who mislead you and take away your rights.
Unfortunately in The Democracy of Ireland if you are sitting on a park bench and a law enforcement officer thinks you look suspicious he can ask you to move on, under the State’s loitering act. If you want to express your right to free speech you need a government permit to use a megaphone. Permits, licences, regulations and so on are but ways to infringe on your rights. In a true Republic you do not need permission to act out your rights. Democracies think in terms of groups instead of individuals and this creates a breeding ground for political correctness designed to get the majority of the public to self censor themselves for fear of social stigma, or even face fines and be arrested if they say things deemed to be offensive by some group (a collection of individuals).
The main reason why our nation was created as The Republic of Ireland was that it’s founders had experienced and studied tyranny inflicted on Ireland during the British Class Rule. During which the majority of the Irish (the underclass) were treated as nothing more than slaves to the ‘superior’ British class. The Irish Republic form of government and Constitution was designed to ensure the rights of the Irish people and to safeguard us against a gradual return to a new form of tyranny by limiting the power of the government, to keep it as the servant not the master. However when the majority of the Irish people are not schooled on this matter the State and media are able to mislead us in to accepting collectivist/group attitudes at the expense of our individual rights, and even to convince us that we are a democracy (which are easy to manipulate) despite our name being right under our noses, The Republic of Ireland.
Part of The Creed Of Freedom by G. Edward Griffin highlights the principles of a Republic:
“THE CREED OF FREEDOM INTRINSIC NATURE OF RIGHTS
I believe that only individuals have rights, not the collective group; that these rights are intrinsic to each individual, not granted by the state; for if the state has the power to grant them, it also has the power to deny them, and that is incompatible with personal liberty.
I believe that a just government derives its power solely from the governed. Therefore, the state must never presume to do anything beyond what individual citizens also have the right to do. Otherwise, the state is a power unto itself and becomes the master instead of the servant of society.
SUPREMACY OF THE INDIVIDUAL
I believe that one of the greatest threats to freedom is to allow any group, no matter its numeric superiority, to deny the rights of the minority; and that one of the primary functions of just government is to protect each individual from the greed and passion of the majority.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
I believe that desirable social and economic objectives are better achieved by voluntary action than by coercion of law. I believe that social tranquillity and brotherhood are better achieved by tolerance, persuasion, and the power of good example than by coercion of law. I believe that those in need are better served by charity, which is the giving of one’s own money, than by welfare, which is the giving of other people’s money through coercion of law.
EQUALITY UNDER LAW
I believe that all citizens should be equal under law, regardless of their national origin, race, religion, gender, education, economic status, life style, or political opinion. Likewise, no class should be given preferential treatment, regardless of the merit or popularity of its cause. To favor one class over another is not equality under law.
PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
I believe that the proper role of government is negative, not positive; defensive, not aggressive. It is to protect, not to provide; for if the state is granted the power to provide for some, it must also be able to take from others, and once that power is granted, there are those who will seek it for their advantage. It always leads to legalized plunder and loss of freedom. If government is powerful enough to give us everything we want, it is also powerful enough to take from us everything we have. Therefore, the proper function of government is to protect the lives, liberty, and property of its citizens; nothing more. That government is best which governs least.
THE THREE COMMANDMENTS OF FREEDOM
The Creed of Freedom is based on five principles. However, in day-to-day application, they can be reduced to just three codes of conduct. I consider them to be The Three Commandments of Freedom:
Do not sacrifice the rights of any individual or minority for the assumed rights of the group.
EQUALITY UNDER LAW
Do not endorse any law that does not apply to all citizens equally.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
Do not use coercion for any purpose except to protect human life, liberty, or property.”
Often you hear things like “in the modern world” we need more laws and more measures to deal with “the challenges we as a society face”, at the expense of individual rights, and as a result we have lost the Republic our grandfathers fought for.
Fisher Ames once said, “Liberty has never lasted long in a democracy, nor has it ever ended in anything better than despotism.” EU governance is based on anti-Republic values with extreme collectivist/group attitudes of manipulation. If one thing is certain, the more authority we hand over to the unaccountable EU the more control and rights the people will lose.