Moku - Well, given the total control of industry and finance on US policies, even the term "republic" is inaccurate, as it translates to "the
common good". "Plutocracy" is the technically correct term.
Well put Moku.
Also the statements flying about concerning who we are or what we are...
per Meriam Webster
1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation
usually involving periodically held free elections
2 : a political unit that has a democratic government
3 capitalized : the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the U.S.
4 : the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority
5 : the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges
1 a (1) : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president
(2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government
b (1) : a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives
responsible to them and governing according to law
(2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government c : a usually specified republican government of a political unit
2 : a body of persons freely engaged in a specified activity
3 : a constituent political and territorial unit of the former nations of Czechoslovakia, the U.S.S.R., or Yugoslavia
Sounds like a very good blend of both, like a fine scotch or a cognac method brandy.
We are a Republic using a Democratic system of governance.
"...of the people by the people", if you noticed that was only mentioned on the democracy side. Just thought I'd point that out!!
[Edited on 22-8-2003 by USMC Harrier]