We are and always have been a republic. Nowhere in our Constitution, or any state constitution, will you find the word "democracy." In fact, Section 4 of Article IV of the Constitution reads: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion...." I would interpret those last seven words to include illegal immigration.

I do not know why or when "democracy" began being used to describe America's form of government. If anyone else does, please educate me. I don't think this is merely a matter of semantics, because a democracy and a republic are two very different forms of government. Democracy means every citizen has a voice/vote on EVERYTHING, much like the government of ancient Greece. Republic means we elect representatives to vote and express our views in Congress/government.

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Comment by Lawrence Brown on June 14, 2010 at 7:09am
Obama and congress has turned our republic into a socialist dictatorship.
Comment by Evelyn Mizak on June 14, 2010 at 3:08am
The main problem with today's Supreme Court is that it relies on case law rather than constitutional law. Each case get farther and farther away from the original law, the Constitution. Ergo, I think the Supreme Court and all other courts should rule on constitutional law only and NOT case law. However, I am not a lawyer -- just a retired court reporter.
Comment by Evelyn Mizak on June 13, 2010 at 9:17pm
I agree with you wholeheartedly, RNHunter. A Republic is individual liberty, individual justice, etc. Democracy is COLLECTIVISM: social justice; economic justice, etc. Great analogy, RN.

A Republic is free enterprise with liberty and justice for all -- but individually!
Comment by Evelyn Mizak on June 13, 2010 at 8:37pm
Thank you for the clarification, Terry. Governmental democracies exist in some small towns and/or villages in America, where all the residents vote on every issue instead of having a town council.
A republic, by definition, must rely on the vote of the electorate. It always has. The only thing that's changed is the 14th Amendment which allowed US Senators to be elected by the voters instead of appointed by the state legislatures.
I still don't understand the insistence on calling America a democracy. I'm proud that we're a republic and not a democracy. Call me cynical, but I think the term "democracy" became applied to America when the Democratic Party first came into being.
Comment by Terry on June 13, 2010 at 8:28pm
We are not a 'democracy' as you say, but adhere to the principles of democracy, which means one man, one vote. A Republic could not be a Republic without the vote of the electorate; therefore we use a 'democratic' form of the vote. All around the world, even in communist countries where there are votes by the populations, they practice a democratic process, which means, in essence, 'majority rules.'

Is America a 'Democratic Nation'? Only in the sense that it applies to the vote; not in the type, or form of Government. If we were a true democracy, we would spend all our time on voting for every little change that every little group wanted to vote on. That's just my opinion.


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