I think that we are witnessing a test of our republican form of government.
There seems to be a populist movement afoot that is threatening to undermine the advances in the protections of our several, disparate minorities and progression in personal liberties and freedoms won of late.
The founders of our great nation were cognizant of this potential of a pure democracy to devolve into a tyranny of allied confederations of independent states. They convened in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to compose a Constitution which described a unified, central Republic with proportional representation of its constituent members, inextricably linking the individual to the whole. It is a masterpiece of compromise.
It was not an easy task to form a union of diverse states, each of which contained a volatile populace of lobbied interests, that could conceivably form an insurrection against the others, perpetuating a continuous state of warring and conflict.
It was an even more monumental task to convince the individual states to ratify this
Toward that end, 85 articles and essays were written as letters to the Editor of The Independent Journal (under the pseudonym Publius) by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to lobby for it’s ratification.
In Article no. 10, the author, James Madison, argues that a republican form of government will
protect the whole from a populist uprising. I think this theory – once tested already during the
last Civil War – is in the Dock once again. I think there is a significant segment of our society who would like to deconstruct our Union into separate city-states, independent of the Republic, or who would want to establish a more democratic (in the pure, philosophical sense of the term), authoritarian state that subverts minority opinion and advancement, reigns in free trade with other countries, closes our borders to unwanted immigrants who hold ideas, religious beliefs and cultures which are perceived as threats.
I strongly believe that the Republic will survive, though severely wounded. Of course, I could be completely wrong, and this is much ado about nothing.
Here is Madison’s argument for the Republic: