Today is election day, 2008! What a privilege to be able to go to the polls without fear of being hurt or killed for our individual beliefs.
I took a break from traditional schooling today to teach my kids about the election process. We do a little reading and then make a hands on craft to put into a "lap book". Hopefully when we're done they will have something to keep and refer back to for years to come. If you don't feel like being creative, I highly recommend buying a pre-made kit from "In The Hands of A Child".
While we were studying, I discovered something that I had overlooked. I've always called our country a Democracy, but that's not true! In fact, it is a Republic Nation. Let me explain:
The founding fathers and framers of the Constitution were completely opposed to our country being a Democracy. Here are the definitions:
Democracy - People do have the right to elect their leaders, but power is given to the government to to grant and remove privileges from the people without their consent.
Republic - A Republic protects the rights of its citizens and elected leaders may not pass laws removing those rights without consent from the people. In a Republic, the government is all about protecting our rights.
Of course, there are more differences but this is it in a nutshell. Our founding fathers held firmly to the belief that people have certain inalienable rights, not privileges, given to them by their Creator. This is why we live in a Republic, not a Democracy!
Ladies, what year did it become legal for women to vote?
The answer is on the comment page! :)
If you haven't done so, GO VOTE!! It's a privilege and right that was brought about through much pain and toil.