America is "Rome with the Vote"

We are an experiment in government, deliberately designed by Founding Fathers
who dared to intertwine --to fuse-- two incompatible governmental structures,
a pure Democracy and a pure Republic.

There are three parts to the United States Constitution:

I. The Democracy, represented by only three words, "We, the People."
II. The intention of the people who were then the Democracy,
III. The Republic --the Rule of Law-- seen as everything following the first use of the word "Constitution."

(The Bill of Rights is properly a set of alterations of the third part. It has no effect on the first or second part).

The first two parts are often called the "Preamble to" the Constitution.
This is misleading at best, simply wrong, at worst; a cop-out of sorts, meant to separate the responsibility of the Supreme Court (interpretation of the Rule of Law part of the Constitution) from that which the Court can not, and may not, address, the Pure Democracy and the intent of that Democracy.

When an American citizen visits the museum in which, in its sealed nitrogen-filled glass case, rests the piece of paper upon which are written the words that free us all and create order for us all, and that citizen is asked, "what are you looking at?," does he or she answer, "a document, part of which is the Constitution"?, or is the answer "the Constitution."

Few indeed would differentiate "the Preamble to" from "the body of" the Constitution, when standing thus in its presence.
No, "the Constitution" is the entire content of that piece of paper. All the words thereon are "the Constitution."
To thus artificially separate "the Preamble" from the body of the Constitution is to deny the vital existence of the Democracy itself, as it is represented there in the single most basic and powerful document underlying the American Experiment.

Thus, read the Constitution as it really should be understood:

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Everything after "Constitution...." is Rule of Law, is "the Republic," is what the Supreme Court turns to in times of difficulty (such as that technically destroyed "election" of November/December, 2000).

Now, how does this work? Easy:
When you are engaged in the Act of Voting, you are actually in the Democracy. In these moments, the Republic does not exist. At all other times, you are in the Republic, and the Democracy does not exist.

There is no actual Democracy in America most of the time; Democracy is real and in existence only when you are actually voting, and these moments extend beyond your act of voting, out to whatever time is taken to correctly and accurately and completely count the votes to determine the outcome of the election.
Until that outcome is determined, by an actual count of all the real Votes, an election or other formal issue requiring a vote by the people is not over.

Thus, America is not some peculiar, indefinable, mystical mixture of a Democracy and a Republic. The two opposing forms of government, combined by the Founding Fathers, are functionally separated from each other, by time and space. When you are in a voting place voting, and until the votes are definitively known, there is a glowing, vibrant, freedom-insuring Democracy alive and existent in the Nation.
When you exit the voting place and the votes have been transferred and counted, you are back in the Republic.

It is that simple, that easy to understand, and that clear.
(You might not like it, but this is actually How It Works.)

Copyright © 2004 by John Brawley