“Democracy is like two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.”
Popular opinion is a wonderful vehicle for driving marches and rallies. It goes so well on signs and chants as well. However, as Franklin pointed out, rule by the majority is death to diversity, dissent, and dialogue. Wolves were the perfect choice to illustrate his point. The lives of wolves are dominated by the wants and needs of the pack. The individual sacrifices everything, even the right to procreate, to the pack. The pack raises the young to conform to the desires of the pack, or more precisely, the Alphas. There is no right to a dissenting opinion or room for alternative lifestyles. Ben Franklin was not alone in his distaste for democracy.
Thomas Jefferson—” “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
James Madison of pure democracies–” have ever been incompatible with personal security or the rights of property;”
Alexander Hamilton–” Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.”
Accordingly, the Founding Fathers sought to avoid a democracy just as strenuously as they did a monarchy. In their eyes, a mob differed little from a king in their lust to stifle dissent, or raid the pockets of their servants.
There has been a renewed cry from the left for the abolition of the Electoral College. Their failed candidate can not stop whining about how she was supposed to win. The Electoral College or its requirements are nothing new, we all studied it in Civics. The problem is the EC has frustrated the far left’s desire to subjugate America. Their candidate got the most votes, they say. However, from the outset, they knew that’s not the way it works. You cannot rally your clones in a few crowded corners and foist yourself on the rest of the country. The Electoral College gives every corner of the country a voice. That’s why it exists. That’s how the Constitution works to save us lambs from the wolves.
If you ever have cause to wonder why the wolves want your guns, let me share the rest of Franklin’s thought. “Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”