posted on Aug, 13 2003 @ 09:19 PM
WAIT A SECOND
I'm seeing a lot of people calling others 'idiots' for calling america a democracy... on the basis that they have some sort of 'informed'
Well, guess what, a country can be both a democracy and a republic!
I don't mean to be snotty, but if you're going to act smart you need to get your facts straight. The terms 'democracy' and 'republic' are not
mutually exclusive. Despite what some less than well-read high school teachers might say, a 'republic' is not a government wherein a few select
representatives make decisions for the populace. Rather, a Republic is any type of government wherein official power is not controlled by a
pre-destined branch of society (IE an aristocracy). ANY type of government with elected, instead of inherited positions, IS a republic.
A distinction between 'democracy' and 'republic' is made in the same sense that one distinguishes a car and a Volvo--- that is, a Volvo IS a car,
and anyone who calls you dumb for calling a Volvo a car is actually the dumb one.
Unfortunately, many less than well thought out video games make this distinction... and so kids, who learn now through video games, think that it is
real. Yes... the two aren't exactly compatible terms, but they are terms that contrast 'type' and 'species'.
It's also unfortunate that you have people talking about how this 'isn't' a democracy... Enter the dark end of the Republican Party...
And, for the record, the democrats DON'T talk about democracy to boost their party. That is the dumbest claim I have ever read.
PS and i'm a repuplican, for crying out loud