By: Cynthia Dunbar
Discerning the Times and the Reigning Spirits of Today
If we hope to glean fresh revelation about how we may strategically pray for our nation, we must ask a series of unsettling questions. I pray these questions do not breed fear, confusion, or anxiety. We know God is perfect love, and He casts out fear; He does not incite it. We know God is not the author of confusion, and we know who is. We must allow our hearts and minds to be kept in the peace that surpasses all understanding through Christ Jesus. So, take a moment and settle your spirit in the unshakable presence of God before you proceed, as proceed, we must.
Many of us have unanswered questions that traditional news channels do not address or, if they do, provide generally dishonest, biased responses. That is probably why you, like me, prefer to get your news from Intercessors for America. It is the one place we can go where the perspective is prayerful consideration, rather than propaganda and a rehearsed narrative of groupthink.
So, back to those unsettling questions, I admittedly have a tinge of anxiety, even reducing them to writing. We have reached a point in our nation’s history when the free exchange of opinions and ideas is clearly not embraced. Many choose silence for fear of reprisal in some form or fashion. I promise to address these diﬃcult questions but ﬁrst a tame academic review.
A Republic, not a Democracy
This month on Constitutional Corner, I unpacked the crucial distinction between a republic and a democracy. It is vital we understand this distinction. Let me put this in very plain language. A republic is an empire of laws. A democracy is an empire of men; another way to put it is mob rule. Democracy, as a governmental structure, therefore, can be unstable and potentially dictatorial. A republic should be governed by the rule of law, not the whim and caprice of man’s opinions, not even majority opinion.
History teaches us all too well the dangers that result from the subjectivity of majority opinion. We have seen this in what has been referred to as “democratic dictatorships,” where decentralized or popular opinion is ultimately used to create dictatorial control. Two prime examples of this type of government are Germany from 1933–1945, and the Soviet Union from 1924–1953. Such governments seek to gain control through coercion and suppression and are fueled by the alleged support of the populace; unfortunately, this sounds all too familiar.
The Superiority of a Republic
In jurisprudential language, the rule of law underlying a republic anticipates acceptance of pre-existing law. A republic presupposes that certain laws and principles pre-exist in civil society, such as unalienable rights. On the other hand, the laws underlying a democracy are what is referred to as positive law, which is just a fancy name for man-made laws. Pre-existing law is objective, while positive law is subjective and consistently altered by the shifting mores of society.
A republic is deﬁned by the supreme law of the land. That is why it is more accurate to refer to the United States as a constitutional republic, rather than a democratic republic. We undeniably operate with certain democratic principles; for example, it was We the People who ratiﬁed the Constitution as our supreme law of the land. However, as we did, in fact, ratify the Constitution, the rule of law would dictate that we must uphold and follow its directives, unless and until the general populace chooses to do away with the Constitution. I used to see this as an impossible myth, but now a foreseeable reality.
Not only is our federal government a republic, but also the Constitution guarantees this same type of republican government to every state. This is known as the guarantee clause, and it is found in Article IV, Section IV of the Constitution. So, before moving on to the litany of unsettling questions, let’s settle one thing.
We are a constitutional republic that is founded upon pre-existing laws known as the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, as referenced in the Declaration of Independence. If you ﬁnd that a confusing mouthful, you may want to read or watch, respectively, the following IFA article or video vignettes.
Asking the Hard Questions
So, now, deep breath, let’s address the elephant in the room, and no, by that I do not mean the Republican Party. I’m instead referencing those unanswered, nagging questions that I will ﬁnally ask.
● Why does simply asking questions about election integrity subject one to being labeled a “far-right fringe insurrectionist?”
● Why, despite the chaos of Jan. 6, was the rule of law requiring that the procedures of the Electoral Count Act followed, summarily ignored, and then dispensed with on Jan. 7? (To read more about this, read “Real Victims of the Trump Indictments.”)
● Why did Nancy Pelosi deny requests for 10,000 National Guard troops?
● Why did Attorney General Garland, when given the opportunity to dispel any concerns of the American people, refuse to answer Rep. Tom Massie’s questions about any investigation into the possibility of agitation toward insurrection by federal assets?
● Why are Tucker Carlson’s efforts at transparency consistently and universally condemned by all liberal media outlets as “conspiracy”?
● Why are attempts being made to declare Donald Trump ineligible to run for president, using the disqualiﬁcation clause of the 14th Amendment regarding insurrection or rebellion?
● Who was the greatest benefactor from the chaos created on Jan. 6? I will give you a hint: it was neither Donald Trump nor the American people.
● And last, but certainly not least, why are conscientiously law-abiding citizens who never have, and never would, advocate for or even condone any activities of force or violence, still uneasy about openly asking the above questions?
Our concerns to ask these and a myriad of other disturbing questions are proof of the very real and tangible threat of tyranny and, therefore, likewise proof of the very reason we must keep asking such questions. The same fear that can cause us to shrink back should, instead, set oﬀ sirens of alarm to action. Reminded of the warning given by Solzhenitsyn to those threatened with the oppression of communism, I make a similar challenge to Christians in America today as we face the potential threat of totalitarianism: let us choose to “live not by lies” but by the person of TRUTH!
That such questions linger and are fraught with uneasiness is the sad proof of our current state. Yes, we were given a republic, but it now appears that Benjamin Franklin’s concerns over our ability to keep it were not unfounded. Our republic, which was to be based upon the rule of law in the Constitution — which incorporated by reference the Declaration of Independence, which incorporated by reference the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God — granted to us the protection of certain unalienable rights. Such a government promised the unconditional protection of the rights enshrined within the First Amendment of the free exercise of religion according to the dictates of our conscience, the freedom to openly express those beliefs both as what we speak [free speech] and in what we write [freedom of press], and to do so without fear of criminal prosecution for either seditious slander or libel. It appears we have indeed failed to “keep” such a republic.
Admittedly, part of the issue is that it’s diﬃcult to keep something that many don’t understand. But perhaps the even bigger issue is that it is diﬃcult, if not impossible, when the American people are making efforts to keep it through their votes at the ballot boxes, and yet those wishes may not be reﬂected in our leadership. Concerns about voter fraud are not something new that just popped up. Voter fraud is a problem of epidemic proportions, and it was arguably the real epidemic threat to the health of our nation in 2020.
The History of Institutionalized Voter Fraud
Let’s expose just how long this plot to potentially utilize voter fraud has been in the works. In 1982, the entire Republican National Committee was enjoined from engaging in ballot security activities. This injunction was repeatedly extended by a liberal federal judge until Dec. 1, 2017. This order was unilateral, meaning that while the RNC had to report all its activities annually to the DNC to document that it was not taking any actions toward ballot security, the DNC was burdened by no such requirement. This injunction prevented the RNC from ferreting out ballot security issues for over 35 years. I repeat, 35 years! Can you even imagine what sort of groundwork can be laid over the course of 35 years?
This moratorium against engaging in ballot security issues even went so far as to discourage individual members of the RNC from working as poll watchers, and you can forget about the allocation of any RNC dollars toward exposing voter fraud.
What is even more chilling is the string of overt efforts toward voter fraud coming from within the Democratic Party — such as the president of the James Madison University chapter of the College Democrats being criminally charged for registering dead people to vote, and the almost simultaneous and surreptitious eﬀorts of Gov. Terry McAuliﬀe to unconstitutionally register 5,000 convicted felons to vote (the intent was to register over 200,000, but that was prevented by a court stay). These are examples from only one of the 50 states. Imagine what a national review would reveal. The concerns of election integrity are legitimate, no matter what others may say, and we shouldn’t be deterred from demanding legal reassurances.
But lest we despair, let us instead remember why we consistently get our news from IFA: We believe in the good news of the gospel; we believe that nothing is too diﬃcult for God; and we believe that the eﬀectual, fervent prayer of the righteous person avails much. In revisiting the historical horrors of the rise of democratic dictatorships, one key component is clear: the presence of a charismatic and persuasive (albeit diabolical and evil) leader. Fortunately, the progressive faction of the nation, while successful in spinning its narrative of cancel culture, appears to be abysmally devoid of such a ﬁgure.
What should we do in the face of such threats of totalitarianism?
● First, we must clothe ourselves in spiritual armor — which is supplied for us in Christ.
● Second, let us not grow weary in well-doing, but rather take comfort in knowing there will be a due season.
● Third, we must pray without ceasing:
1. Pray that those things being done in darkness will be brought into the light;
2. pray that Americans will value this republic and not attempt to debase it to the mob rule of democracy;
3. pray against any election fraud in 2024;
4. pray that our First Amendment rights of free speech and free press will once again be protected; and
5. pray that our republic may rise like a phoenix from the ashes! After all, we do believe in resurrection.
Oh, and while you’re at it, maybe say a prayer for all of us willing to speak out — that we may not be maligned, falsely accused, and discredited as some fringe, right-wing terrorist extremist for having written this article, or even just sharing it with friends.