“In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. The State is no longer the “common home” where all can live together on the basis of principles of fundamental equality, but is transformed into a tyrant State, which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenseless members” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).
Reflection: Some see laws permitting abortion as a minor flaw; the Pope is saying here that they change the very nature of the state.
Prayer: Lord, free us from the tyranny of governments that think they can dispose of human life. Amen.
John Adams, our second President, wrote these words: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
Other Founding Fathers said the same, because they did not establish a democracy. Instead, they established a republic.
In a democracy, what the majority says, goes, and if the majority were to say that murder is OK, it would be OK.
A republic, however, is based not on the rule of the majority, but on the rule of law, and the highest law is the law of God. In a republic, certain things are beyond the reach of the majority, and basic wrongs can never be declared right.
Let’s elect people who understand the difference between a democracy and a republic.