Over the past two nights while watching the Democratic Debates I heard them repeat over and over again, referring to our government, as a Democracy. First off, if they do not know what kind of government we have, they should be disqualified. We the United States of America are a democratic republic. A democratic republic is a form of government operating on principles adopted from a republic and a democracy rather than being a cross between two entirely separate systems. Democratic republics may function on principles shared by both republics and democracies (though I am beginning to wonder if we agree on anything now). The difference between democracy and republic is the fact that we have limits placed on our government by the law having to do with minority rights. Both use representatives, whereas citizens vote to elect the representatives that show interest in their concerns.
Here are the definitions of both: Democracy: A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. Republic: A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch. See the difference, see the similarities? Yes, we allow the whole population to vote to choose, but we are voting for representatives to basically fight for what we, the citizens, believe should happen in our country. We are not one or the other. As said by John Adams:
No determinations are carried, it is true, in a simple representative democracy, but by consent of the majority or their representatives.
I found this on “The Fringe,” Our founding fathers knew what the effects of a pure democracy would be, therefore they made sure we never had to deal with that. This disdain for pure democracy in America traces back to the founding fathers. Alexander Hamilton didn’t like it: “Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy.” Nor did Samuel Adams: “Remember, Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself!”” As you can tell a democracy is never fair.
This is why we have a constitution. The constitution set down a base, some rules that cannot be changed or taken away. In a republic our constitutional rights protects certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if elected by a majority of voters, whereas with a pure democracy, the majority is not restrained in this way and can impose its will on the minority. If that happened we would lose our gun rights and the crazies would be able to tell us what to do.
Well anyway, there is your lesson for the day. Please feel free to correct all libtards and Dumbacrats that insist that our country is a democracy, teach them the truth. You know what they always say, “the truth will set you free.”
|Philosophy||In a democracy, the community of people are considered to hold power over how they are governed. Kings and tyrants are seen as threats to the innate rights of the people. As such, all eligible citizens get equal say in decisions.||Republics are in opposition to rulership by a single person. All eligible citizens get equal say in decisions through elected representatives. Unalienable rights of individuals are protected by law to safeguard against a majority abusing the minority|
|Definition||Rule by majority. In a democracy, an individual, and any group of individuals composing any minority, have no protection against the power of the majority. In variations, people may also elect representatives.||A republic is similar to a representative democracy except it has a written constitution of basic rights that protect the minority from being completely unrepresented or abused by the majority.|
|Political System||Democratic. [Note: this is not meant as a reference to a Democratic Party.]||Republican. [Note: this is not meant as a reference to a Republican Party.]|
|Social Structure||Democracies are meant to resist separation by class, politically or economically. Class distinctions can become pronounced, however, due to capitalist society. Varies from state to state.||Republics are meant to resist separations by class, politically or economically. Class distinctions can become pronounced, however, due to capitalist society. Varies from state to state.|
|Economic System||Democracies tend to be free-market economies. Policies that govern economics are chosen by the voters (or their elected representatives in a representative democracy). Usually capitalist or Keynesian.||Republics are almost always free-market economies. Policies that govern economics are voted on by the people’s representatives. Usually capitalist or Keynesian.|
|Religion||Generally, freedom of religion is permitted, although a majority faction may limit religious freedom for a minority faction.||Generally, freedom of religion is permitted, especially insofar as there is a constitutional prohibition on interfering with freedom of religion.|
|Free Choice||Individuals may make decisions for themselves except insofar as a majority faction has limited individuals.||Individuals may make decisions for themselves, especially insofar as there is a constitutional prohibition on interfering with freedom of choice.|
|Key Elements||Free elections. Suffrage. Majority Rule.||Free elections. Constitution. Suffrage. Individual rights.|
|Private Property||Generally, private property is permitted, although a majority faction may place limits on property rights.||Generally, private property is permitted, especially insofar as there is a constitutional prohibition on interfering with property rights.|
|Discrimination||In theory, all citizens have an equal say and so are treated equally. However, often allows for the tyranny of the majority over the minority.||In theory, all citizens have an equal say and so are treated equally by the government, especially insofar as there is a constitutional prohibition on government discrimination.|
|Modern Examples||More than half of the world, including the US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc. The United Kingdom is an example of a democratic country that is not a republic, since it has a monarch.||The United States of America is a constitutional democratic republic.|
|Variations||Direct democracy, parliamentary democracy, representative democracy, presidential democracy.||Democratic republics, Constitutional republics.|
|Constraints on the government||No; the majority can impose its will on the minority.||Yes; the majority cannot take away certain inalienable rights.|
|Way of Change||Voting.||Voting.|
|Famous Examples||Ancient Athens (Greece), Switzerland (13th century)||Rome, France, United States Of America|
|Sovereignty is held by||the whole population (as a group)||the people (individuals)|
|Common confusion in the USA||People commonly confuse direct democracy with representative democracy. The US officially has a representative style, though many have suggested the US is closer to an oligarchy or plutocracy.||The US is actually a democratic republic. It is governed by rule of law. The elected are bound by oath to the written governing limits (i.e. constitution) yet vote “together” and create laws to address concerns of the represented in a democratic way.|
|Observation in practice||People commonly confuse direct democracy with representative democracy. The US has a representative style. But the will of the people shouldn’t easily decide to change the rules that limit power to the government.||The U.S.A.’s Constitution defines the U.S. as a Republic, Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution. America’s founders were wary of aristocracy and monarchy, and preferred a democratic republic.|
|History||Originated and evolved in ancient Athens during the 5th century. Numerous important reforms were made by the leader Solon and then Cleisthenes. Greek democracy was ended in 322BC by Macedon.||Originated in Rome in 509BC (to 27BC), after a period of oppressive kings. Copying a bit from the Greek leader, Solon, Rome’s leaders created laws (“The Twelve Tables”) and a republican system with a Senate, Consul, and courts.|
|Key Proponents||Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Noah Webster, Solon, Cleisthenes, Karl Marx||Cicero, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison.|
|View of war||Depends on the majority opinion.||Constitutional republics rarely wage war against one another, and they especially eschew war when a condition of free trade exists between them.|
|Disadvantages||Majorities can abuse minorities.||constant debates, deadlocks|