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PostSubject: The Lie of Democracy   Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:58 am

Greetings!

You are about to read the first draft of a speech I am preparing for an NCFCA competition this fall and next spring. Since you guys are you discussions have been the primary force behind this speech, I decided I wanted your help and advise. If the community would like, the final draft can also become a blog post.

So, without further ado, I present the first draft of The Lie of Democracy.

Our Founding Fathers bequeathed us a mighty gift: democracy. We have treasured it. But today, our government seems to be leaving the Founding Fathers behind, adopting socialist think rather than a limited view of government. What is the cause of this change?

Democracy.

Democracy has bred collectivist thinking. It is inherently socialist, and will even lead us to into communism, unless we turn back now, and find an alternative to democracy: the republic of the Law.

Now, I realize that I’ve just spat on what is sacred ground to many of us. You may be tempted to shut me out, now, and stop listening to me. I ask you to stay with me. Please, listen, and perhaps you too will see the dangers of democracy.

I am going to cover a lot of ground today. We’ll begin by discussing the Marxian view of democracy. Then I’ll back up my statement that democracy is inherently socialist. After that, I will discuss what specifically is wrong democratic thinking. After that, I’ll expose some basic truths about proper government, and finally, challenge you to take action for what you believe.

“The first step in the revolution by the working class, is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling as to win the battle of democracy.” –Karl Marx, the Communist Manifesto.

This quote demonstrates that Marxist view democracy as a tool, the use of which is to establish the working class, the so-called Proletariat, as the masters of the government through majority rule.

In this way, democracy is the first step into communism. The misguided see government as a provider of clothes to the naked, food to the hungry, money to those who do not have it. This is socialism. But whose expense will the clothes, food, and money be provided? The rich. Thus, socialism becomes communism as property and money are equally distributed throughout the nation.

The connection to democracy is that democracy is the most efficient way of accomplishing these goals. In a commune, individuals act as one. In the same way, democracy gives power to the majority. The majority gradually eliminates the minority in one way or another so that politically, the people are all one entity. But being one political entity leads us to think of ourselves as being one in other ways.

Thus, democracy says that “the good of one is the good of all” and visa versa. This is socialism, and it will quickly lead to communism.

Perhaps, at this point, you are wondering what is so bad about socialism, or communism, or democracy. I say democracy is socialist, but you may say, “then let us be socialist!”
To demonstrate the wrongs of democracy, I must call upon some of the great minds of the past. We will begin with Peter, in 1st Peter, chapter 2, verse 13 through 14, English Standard Version.

“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.”

Most people believe that this verse refers to our duty to the government, but I believe it also states the government’s duty to us: To punish the evildoer and to offer praise to the doer of good.

Expanding on that view, philosopher Frederic Bastiat, wrote his book, The Law. I will explain the basics of his opinion.

Man has three basics rights: The right to life, liberty, and property. God ordained earthly government as a system of punishment for those who violate these rights. In short, the law, that is, government, is justice.

This brings me to the crux of my speech. There are only two forms of government ever imagine or practiced: The government of Lex Rex, and the government of Rex Lex.

Rex Lex is a Latin phrase representing the thought, “The king is law.” Lex Rex is the inverse, “The law is king.”

Democracy, and most governments, are governments of Rex Lex. The king, that is, the people of a democratic country, is the law. The king makes the laws. What he says goes. This is the inherent flaw of democracy.

But in Lex Rex, the law is absolute. It is not created or destroyed. It is something we discover: like the rules of logic. We didn’t create logic, neither can we create law.

This leads us to some basic truths:

The government’s purpose is to punish crime. Essentially, the government is the law and the law enforcement, but that is all.

A crime is the violation of another person’s natural rights. Do not confuse crime and sin. Crime is a purely political term.

Our laws should flow from these principles. There are basic laws, which are rather clear, such as outlawing murder, which is clearly a violation of the right to life. More complicated laws also arise out of these principles, such as the abolishment of labor without wages.

In a democracy, law does not flow from the principles. Instead, law is the subject of the people’s wish. The king is law in a democracy. But people are not basically good, and so, no government where a person or group of people creates the law can ever succeed.

Allow me to quickly remind you of what I’ve said today. I have demonstrated the role that democracy takes in Marxian thinking. I have shown that democracy is socialist, and leads to communism. Furthermore, I have shown what particularly is wrong with socialism. And finally, I have given you the basic picture of a proper government.

I would like to recommend some resources to you. First and foremost, explore Biblical teaching on government. You may also take the time to purchase and read The Law by Frederic Bastiat. Another helpful document is an essay by Ezra Taft Benson titled “The Proper Role of Government.” These writings are the basis of the concepts I’ve laid out today.

At this time we stand at a cross-roads. We can continue to walk down this road, and eventually we will reach Communism. We can turn to the right or left, to governments of the past, but these will end in ruin, as the already have. Or, we can turn back. In the United States Constitution there is a measure permitting an almost complete destruction and reformation of the government, when a certain number of states agree to begin the process. I hope to see this measure used, and the whole framework of our system melted down and reformed into a new, better system: Not a “democracy” but rather, a “lexicracy”. A lexicracy, a rule of the law. Remember that term.

We can turn back. First we must educate others and ourselves about government. Then, we must be lobby for reform, and elect officials who share our views. We can prevent our country from becoming another failed experiment. Let us begin again, with justice as our government.
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This speech must be less than ten minutes. My goal is to hit right around nine minutes and fifty seconds, so the final draft must reach, and not exceed, that amount of time.

Any and all advise, criticism, raving reviews, or angry rantings, are requested. The only thing I don't want is grammar and spelling advise. My brother is my personal grammar and spelling check and he'll take care of that sort of thing when the time comes. (He's free, too, which is nice.)
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PostSubject: Re: The Lie of Democracy   Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:29 pm

Jordan,

A few things just off the spot since its late.

First, I believe that there is one more type of government, and that is when the church is the government. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Second, you are trying to cover alot of ground, and when you try and cover that much ground it starts to become thin because your trying to fit so much into your speech. If I was to listen to this speech without some of the preknowldge that I have, I would have been lost. Plus this is a speech, so you are going to have to make sure that it sinks in and not talk too fast. The pace of your speech is quick, which can be good it can be bad. In this case bad because you move so fast that the audience probably couldn't keep up with the content. Remember, if you are going to do a speech on some deep material, the more detailed and the more slower you need to go for your speech.

Third, at some places you didn't make a good transition of how you came up with a certain thought. I knew what you were talking about only because I know how we came to that conclusion. But if I could barely see the connection with pre-knowledge, then people who don't have pre-knowledge won't see the transistion.

This is just at a quick glance, so I might be able to take another look at it later and give you more help. Hope this helps. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: The Lie of Democracy   Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:29 pm

Peter G. wrote:
Jordan,

A few things just off the spot since its late.

First, I believe that there is one more type of government, and that is when the church is the government. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

That depends. If you talking about theocracy, then the church is not ruling, but God, and God is both Rex and Lex, not one over the other. If you are referring to actually rule by the church, then it is still either the Law (Lex) first or the Ruler (Rex). All government's except God's are either Rex Lex or Lex Rex.

Peter G. wrote:
Second, you are trying to cover alot of ground, and when you try and cover that much ground it starts to become thin because your trying to fit so much into your speech. If I was to listen to this speech without some of the preknowldge that I have, I would have been lost. Plus this is a speech, so you are going to have to make sure that it sinks in and not talk too fast. The pace of your speech is quick, which can be good it can be bad. In this case bad because you move so fast that the audience probably couldn't keep up with the content. Remember, if you are going to do a speech on some deep material, the more detailed and the more slower you need to go for your speech.
So, what is essential to my purpose (persuading against democracy), and what elements can I remove?

After that, I can add in the missing information, so that pre-knowledge won't be required.

Peter G. wrote:
Third, at some places you didn't make a good transition of how you came up with a certain thought. I knew what you were talking about only because I know how we came to that conclusion. But if I could barely see the connection with pre-knowledge, then people who don't have pre-knowledge won't see the transistion.

This is just at a quick glance, so I might be able to take another look at it later and give you more help. Hope this helps. Very Happy

In Christ,
Peter G.

I'll try reading it out loud. I usually eradicate most of that sort of thing after the first or second try.

The second draft will certainly be much better.
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PostSubject: Re: The Lie of Democracy   Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:25 pm

I'll get to the rest later, but I just wanted to say really quick, give this speech in front of someone who has no pre-knowledge of this topic and see if they can follow your train of thought. Do it in front of teens as well as adults. This should drastically help you as well.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lie of Democracy   Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:25 am

Peter has some great points there. Working through those will make this into a great speech.

If you have pictorial aid, it will help a lot to get the ideas across in a way that will stick. I don't know if that is a possibility, but I think this kind of speech needs it. Smile

I don't see anything that could really be taken out, actually. If you read it out loud you will see where stuff needs to be added, and how much time/space you have free to add stuff in. I would say add about a sentence per paragraph, explaining in more detail what you are talking about at that point, possibly.

I would also like to point out that the Founding Fathers gave us what was essentially a Lex Rex, not a Rex Lex, although it became Rex Lex over time as the people became more socialist in their thinking. Just a note. People really don't like to listen to people who accuse the Founding Fathers. Haha.

Really good! I like it. I can't wait to see the next draft. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Lie of Democracy   Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:34 am

The content of this speech looks like it was chosen carefully and does all fit together well. However, as your have already been told, it lacks the qualities of a great speech. It holds the education value and the information that is needed, but it won't draw the audience into it. Most of that is due to the lack of flowing organization, the abruptness, the weakness of certain points, and the overall language at time. If you should wish for me to give you more specific details on those points, I would be more than happy to. But, I was unsure you needed to hear excess from me, seeing as I have basically affirmed what Jay and Peter have already said.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lie of Democracy   Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:42 pm

Hm...I think I've got enough for the second draft now.

Just a reminder: No one in their right mind competes with the first draft of a speech. I will at least have a fifth draft, by my estimate. Then some minor editing, on top of that, and a lot of gesturing thrown in.

Unfortunately, I cannot use props. The NCFCA props category would place limits on my speech I don't want to deal with. So, no visual aid.
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PostSubject: Re: The Lie of Democracy   Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:23 pm

Quick question Jordan,

What catagory of speech is this under with the NCFCA?

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PostSubject: Re: The Lie of Democracy   Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:51 am

Jordan Wright wrote:
Hm...I think I've got enough for the second draft now.

Just a reminder: No one in their right mind competes with the first draft of a speech. I will at least have a fifth draft, by my estimate. Then some minor editing, on top of that, and a lot of gesturing thrown in.

Unfortunately, I cannot use props. The NCFCA props category would place limits on my speech I don't want to deal with. So, no visual aid.

Understood. We know you aren't finished. Hope there is no hard feelings, we can be rather brutally honest at times around here. :P Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Lie of Democracy   Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:29 pm

Sir Emeth Mimetes wrote:
Jordan Wright wrote:
Hm...I think I've got enough for the second draft now.

Just a reminder: No one in their right mind competes with the first draft of a speech. I will at least have a fifth draft, by my estimate. Then some minor editing, on top of that, and a lot of gesturing thrown in.

Unfortunately, I cannot use props. The NCFCA props category would place limits on my speech I don't want to deal with. So, no visual aid.

Understood. We know you aren't finished. Hope there is no hard feelings, we can be rather brutally honest at times around here. :P Smile

Sorry, I wasn't feeling well that day.

I think I have some new material to replace some things that weren't working. I just read Red Republicans and Lincoln's Marxists, and I now know some things that change the game.

I should note that, after reading a quote attributed to George Washington, I agree that the original US was a Lex Rex Republic, although it made several mistakes that Liberty's Light can learn from. The primary mistake being a country with strongly democratic tendencies.
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PostSubject: Re: The Lie of Democracy   Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:16 pm

Looks like a good and much-needed speech. Today, many people assume that democracy and/or socialism is the obvious answer to every problem. You do a good job showing that it is not.
I'm not sure, though, that I would say democracy is inherently evil. Democracy, while it gives absolute power to the majority, is only evil when the majority is evil. Thus, I believe it is very dangerous, but not an evil in itself. It is the same with a monarchy, which gives all the power to one person. Ancient Israel was, at one point, a monarchy. God never spoke against this, except initially because they had rejected Him as king in what was basically a direct theocracy. Since we don't have an option of theocracy, we are not rejecting God if we use a monarchy. A monarchy, then, is not a "wrong" form of government. That is to say, under kings like David, Uzziah, Hezekiah, and Josiah, it was largely a very good form of government. Under kings like Ahab and Jehoiakin, of course, it didn't work out so well. This is where the danger comes in. The power of the king isn't inherently the problem, it's how he uses his power. A democracy is the same. If the democracy is sovereign, that isn't a problem --yet. It very quickly becomes one, though, when the majority does what is wrong. Democracy is not evil by itself, but it is highly dangerous.

I'm just trying to avoid the conclusion that there is only one right form of government. Something like a constitutional republic is better and safer than a democracy or a monarchy, but every form of government, even the best, gives humans power that may or may not be abused. Even laws, at some point, need to be penned by humans, and humans have to decide how they will be enforced. So eventually it all comes down to humans being in some way, directly or indirectly, the "rexes" in other words, some human, whether it is the one who rights the constitution, the king who is under a very lax constitution, or the people in a democracy, is going to have power to do things that are wrong in the government. This power might be abused (even in a constitutional republic, the constitution may be bad) or it might not be. I believe the rule of law ("lex rex") is the safest and best form of government, but not the "right" form in the sense that there are no other legitimate options.

"But", you might ask, "Shouldn't we, if we were writing a constitution, make sure to write a constitution that does not give the government any power beyond what it is right to use?" But by writing a constitution, we would already be assuming this absolute power. It's only a question of how much of it we retain to ourselves by defining what the government will and will not do in the future and how much we confer on future leaders.

Hope that helps a little. Great speech. Good luck with it.

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