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The Initiative Process Furthers the Progressive Goal of Direct Democracy

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” It may not have been Winston Churchill who said it, but that does not make it any less accurate. We have received myriad warnings against democracy from John Adams’ observation that “There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide” […]

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A Republic If You Can Keep It!

The United States Constitution guarantees every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government (Article IV, Section 4). This simple promise to the States is only vaguely apparent in the operations of the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho or within any federally managed lands across the nation. The omission of this Constitutional mandate may […]

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Why are we fighting so hard?

John Adams said, “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” In response to the question of if the Constitutional Convention of 1787 had chosen a monarchy or a republic, Benjamin Franklin remarked, “A republic if you can keep it.” Since 1962, when prayer was taken out of school, there has been […]

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Democracy or Republic? — ‘A Republic, IF you can keep it’

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.” — Benjamin Franklin So ended the constitutional convention in 1787 with the delegates exiting the hall in Philadelphia. Mrs. Powell asked this question of Dr. Franklin, his answer “a Republic, if you can keep it” tells us a […]