This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

In between dictators and mob rule

The United States Constitution seeks to find the perfect balance between dictators and mob rule, that is, staying away from either extreme. Perfect balance, is, of course, impossible, but it is something that The United States has been striving for since its inception.

When I was a kid, we sang a song in school called "The Stars and Stripes Forever" which included the line: "Let tyrants remember the day, when our fathers, with mighty endeavor, proclaimed as they marched to the fray, that by their right and by their might it waves forever."

A tyrant is a word for a dictator, or an evil king. As a country, the United States has always stood against tyrants, or dictactors, such as Hitler, or Saddam Hussein. Maybe we don't use the word "tyrant" any more, but know what they are, and we are against them. Even kindly powerful leaders can make us nervous as a country, as in the case of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After he died, a law was passed limiting the number of years a United States President can remain in office.

At the other end of the scale is mob rule. For this, just picture "grab your torches and pitchforks!" At its worst, mob rule can be very dangerous to a country. At least, it's just ineffective. If you've ever seen a committee try to accomplish something, you know what I mean.

So, if you are trying quietly to move The United States towards either extreme, you will feel resistance. Putting too much power into too few hands, "just to make things run a little better" will have The United States Constitution pushing back against tyranny. And it will do the same against "mob rule" if you begin the process of undermining the Republic, and the laws, by insisting on following "the voice of the people".

You may be surprised at how little of a push towards these extremes will result in strong resistance from the Constitution of the United States. But you have the right to push, that is in The First Amendment. It's just good to know why the resistance is so strong.
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