Oligarchy (noun) 1: government by the few 2: a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes — Merriam Webster Dictionary
Has American government become government by the few? Is America becoming an oligarchy? This is a valid question considering most of what’s coming out of Washington these days seems corrupt and only for selfish purposes.
Let’s see…a dictatorial and unelected administrative state, impeachments of political enemies, globalist policies, cutting energy production and a wide open border sure illustrate the Biden Administration giving the middle finger to Americans. Someone, a corporation or politically connected family is benefitting from such policies.
It’s certainly not the American taxpayer/worker , whom such policies seem designed to punish.
Oligarchy is a word not usually attached to America. How many times have you heard the word “Russian oligarchs” especially during the Trump- Russia collusion hoax?
Personally, I had not thought much about the term until watching an eye- opening lecture by Hillsdale College. You can watch it here:
“An oligarchy is the rule of the few for their own sake. A distinct and insular class of people, rather than a trained elite.” Does this not describe the deep state and the administrative state?
Washington D.C. is a bubble insulated from the rest of the nation, with its own rules for governance and justice.
Now, a side bar that I promise will bring us back to the subject of this piece.
Let’s talk about a fact the insular class want you to forget: America was founded as a republic not as a democracy. In fact , democracy is not found in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States.
What’s the difference? Aren’t a republic and democracy the same thing? Certainly both forms of government protect liberty…don’t they?
A republic whether one wants to call it Constitutional or representative, protects the rights of the individual, the minority and even individuals in the majority. This means the rights of any individual disagreeing with the majority are just as important as those in the majority. In other words, the majority is not valorized.
A republic also recognizes there are intellectual differences as well as differences in wealth and stature among people. It doesn’t try to erase these differences . Republicanism ,instead,embraces these differences and takes all sides , with its various wisdom, into account in the pursuit of justice and liberty.
However, egalitarianism is supreme in democracy. Democracy exploits man’s inherent desire for equality as a weapon that tramples any counter opinions. Only one opinion matters in a democracy ,the will of the majority. Democracies are vulnerable to the passions and shortsightedness of popular rule.
Today , this justifies cancel culture and willfully ignoring any counter-arguments to democracy based policies. This, of course is anti-liberty.
Unfortunately, what the modern political left means when they shout “democracy!” is their form of government which benefits Washington D.C. How many times have you heard, some individual or group is “a threat to Democracy?” This means any person or ideology that threatens their system.
Dems and the RINOs, aided by the media, gaslight the public into believing their narrative is shared by the majority. They have convinced much of pop culture that America is either a pure democracy or a representative democracy. In fact, I cannot think of a current elected Republican correcting this purposeful redefinition of America.
Did you know the Founders hated democracy? Why, you ask?
Because they were well-read students of history, they knew democracies eventually slide into tyranny. Just so we’re all clear, tyranny is government exerting oppressive power over the people. Got it? Now check this out.
Sociologist Robert Michaels also theorized oligarchies are inevitable in any democracy. Repeat: oligarchies are inevitable in any democracy.
Perhaps this explains the deep state, the UniParty and the media blatantly, protecting the interests of an anti-American and anti-Constitution elite class?
Consider the attacks on the 2nd Amendment, 1st Amendment censorship, skyrocketing gas prices, billions of dollars to Ukraine, the slow walk to address glaring election illegality, and the push to place Americans in electric vehicles. All these issues suggest a government ruling the people based on the whims of a small elite, rather than serving the people, does it not?
Is this maintaining our history of freedom and liberty or is this control? Is this promoting life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness or fear and manipulation? You be the judge.
One thing’s for sure, this dedicated elite does seem hell-bent in taking us back to a pre-Constitutional form of government where the rule of law means one is guilty until proven innocent, instead of innocent until proven guilty.
Cross the state, and the court of public opinion, led by the media, will convict you of allegations of sexual assault even before a trial. If that doesn’t work they’ll impeach you on trumped up charges, take away your office and gag you from speaking in your defense. Just Ask Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Use the law to prosecute political enemies and guess what we got? Perhaps a Banana Republic reeking of communism and Marxism under the control of an oligarchy? Seems plausible.
And where are the outraged conservative statesmen and stateswomen declaring this blatant corruption?
Some get it, but most are too busy giving Americans a vicarious “two minutes hate” against the likes of Anthony Fauci and Merrick Garland during investigations that go nowhere. You know, lots of grandstanding, but no significant punishment meted out. But hey, at least conservative websites will report about the tongue lashings as if we scored some points.
No offense, but scoring political digs against some bureaucrat, Democrat or otherwise, accomplishes nothing except a moment or two of schadenfreude. That doesn’t cut it anymore.
More Americans’ eyes are opening to the reality of our situation. More are understanding our government taking actions that hurt, instead of helping, law-abiding American citizens.
What do we do?
First, we identify the problem, which more patriots are realizing. Education is the next step.
Teach loved ones, friends and even your liberal and RINO friends about oligarchies. Point out America’s leaders were not meant to come from only specific families, or colleges and that an insular administrative state is a danger to liberty.
Then you use the power of the vote. Ignore the naysayers who tell you don’t waste your time. These are Eeyores who are quick to throw in the towel. Keep voting no matter what.
Other than that, all we, the people can do is resist. Keep standing, speaking the truth and never surrender. Throw sand in the gears anyway you can. One simple way is declaring America is a republic every time you hear someone pontificating about democracy. Another is asking among friends, is America an oligarchy?
The patriots who fought, died, and prevailed, formed a Constitutional republic free of the tyrannical reign of monarchy and the corruption of democracy. This small political oligarchy has spent the last several decades soiling this legacy because we, the people, weren’t paying attention.