WATCH: Matt Gaetz Tells Veteran That “Democracy Is Not Sacred”

JakeThomas

“I’d say [Democracy] is super important, but not necessarily sacred.”

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told a U.S. veteran that Democracy is not sacred:

“I’d say [Democracy] is super important, but not necessarily sacred.”

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JalamelaKI
JalamelaKI

He is right , The US Constitution isn't have or talk nothing about Religion !

bunny1
bunny1

The US Constitution speaks about our American goals and values that are based on our religious history.

tonysmith
tonysmith

bunny1: There is nothing in the Constitution that discusses "American goals and values" that are based on religion. The Constitution is based on the Magna Carta, not religion.

tonysmith
tonysmith

The Constitution certainly doesn't treat Democracy as sacred. Originally, Senators elected by state legislatures. That changed, but the Electoral College is one of the most anti-democratic provisions of any Constitution. Each state gets two Senators,regardless of population. So, a state the size of California has the same number of senators as tiny Rhode Island. The Constitution also approves felon disenfranchisement.

MyFathersKeeper777
MyFathersKeeper777

ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH UNITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

I would think that answers the sacredness of our democracy.

Javman
Javman

We have a Republic not a Democracy. The Constitution was a solid start but it needed the Bill of Rights to ward off tyrannical leaders who hain power by lessening ours.

Hal1962
Hal1962

"Under God" was added later. Sacred doesn't necessarily mean religious. It means very,very important to me.

Mom 2 4
Mom 2 4

The words 'under God' were not in the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954.

BigMAK
BigMAK

Democracy has become a taken-for-granted way of life. Democracy is a sacred value, voting a civic sacrament! It has nothing to do with religion! Sacred can also mean worthy of awe and respect. Not too long ago, the Supreme Court wrote, “No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a choice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, they must live. Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined.”

mpauls
mpauls

God gave the Bill of Rights as an upgrade of the Ten Commandments.

JeffGib
JeffGib

A lot of head tripping going on here. Sacred does not necessarily imply religion. It can also mean, something regarded with great respect by a particular group, or individual. That is just Matt Gaetz's way of pretending being unethical and flipping the bird at the U S. Constitution is ok. He reminds me of a self-centered teenager who steals a car and has a million reasons why it was ok. Our Democracy is sacred (regarded with great respect) in that it is based on three branches of government and a Constitution (laws) that provisions what is considered an impeachable offense of a President, and one of those provisions is that bribery by a sitting President is impeachable. There is no debate on this unless you no longer believe in the U.S. Constitution. In which case, you can move to Russia and try Vladimir Putin's brand of 'No Democracy.'

NatTheCat
NatTheCat

So now we get to define "sacred" as religious in quality only? Too bad the dictionary disagrees:

  1. Dedicated or devoted exclusively to a single use, purpose, or person: sacred to the memory of her sister; a private office sacred to the President.
  2. Worthy of respect; venerable.

If you hold something, say Democracy, as being of Great Worth, and people agree, then it can be made sacred by not only religious, but historical association.


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