Alan Keyes holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard and wrote his dissertation on constitutional theory.
This morning, I saw a press release about an Internet documentary series called "Third Candidates" that's being put together by two filmmakers, John Farrell and Jake Simms. According to Farrell, "because of widespread dissatisfaction with the major parties, there's still some room for shakeups between now and November."
This report led me to reflect on the tragic irony of the electoral misdirection that at present seems poised to secure the demise of the constitutional self-government of the people of the United States. That misdirection has entirely perverted the character of the role American voters are supposed to play in the selection of the president and vice president of the United States. The proponents of the U.S. Constitution regarded its implementation of the principle of "representation" as the key reason the self-government of the American people would escape the fatal course of events that overturned every republic, in ancient and modern times, that formally relied upon the sovereign power of the people at large.
By reason of natural justice, America's founders were sincere proponents of republican self-government. Even such cautionary tales as the fate of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century did not lead them to reject it. Because of the "Glorious Revolution," the history of the British Monarchy had a direct link with that of the Dutch Republic. Of course, that republic also figured in the heritage of Dutch settlers in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey, whose descendants played an important part in the American Revolution.
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