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To Everyone who flunked civics and thinks we live under a democracy

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posted on Nov, 4 2011 @ 05:31 PM
Dear Everyone,

The American government is NOT a democracy!! We are a constitutional republic! Remember the Pledge of Allegiance?

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

A republic and a democracy are identical in every aspect except one.

In a republic the sovereignty is in each individual person.

In a democracy the sovereignty is in the group.

Remember Individualism/ Individual Sovereignty?= Republic
Collective, No Individual Sovereignty= Democracy

“Two important forms of government to understand are the democracy and the republic.  A democratic government is based around the ideals that, every citizen is guaranteed the same rights under the law.

A republic is formed around the idea that there should be no monarch and that all citizens should have a part in choosing the leaders of their government. The republic is centered on the people electing someone who can represent their best interests.

 Throughout history, there have also been many forms of republic governments, including liberal and socialist republics.
A republic typically follows a constitution, in order to ensure that the elected official to lead the government does not upset the rights which citizens have been given for equality.

The democratic government permits its citizens to vote for the individuals who they trust and they feel will value citizen’s rights and opinions.
The United States has taken the main points of a democracy and republic to create a government in which the people are responsible for electing government officials and all citizens are equal underneath the constitution.


1. A democracy is equality for all citizens and a republic allows citizens to choose their leaders.
2. Democracy has been a government form since ancient Greece.  Republic ideas have been around since the times of the Renaissance.
3. There are many subcategories of both democracy and a republic.
4. The United States has incorporated principles from both forms of government. Candidates for government officials are divided into democrats and republicans based on which ideals they believe. “


OK End of rant.

Thank you

posted on Nov, 4 2011 @ 05:42 PM
Because we vote for political parties that represent groups of people I think that is why we are a democratic republic

posted on Nov, 4 2011 @ 05:44 PM

edit on 11/4/2011 by Klassified because: Nevermind

posted on Nov, 4 2011 @ 06:00 PM
Most Americans don't know water is a compound and not an element let alone know the differents between a Republic and a Democracy... it's a shame really
edit on 4-11-2011 by RowdyAmerican1 because: (no reason given)

posted on Nov, 4 2011 @ 06:13 PM
It is because they want us to be purposely misinformed about our government, they want the masses pacified. They stopped educating the people a long time ago, they want us dumb and silently watching Dancing with the stars so we don't interfere with there plans.

Why is education the first to get cut when we spend more than all of the world combined on the military?
edit on 4-11-2011 by benrl because: (no reason given)

posted on Nov, 4 2011 @ 07:55 PM
Correct me if im wrong but isn't "oligarchy" the right term to discribe our government ?


posted on Nov, 5 2011 @ 02:22 AM
There are two types of democracy, representative and direct.

Most countries have representative democracy, we vote for people to represent us. But once voted in we have very little say in who they actually represent.

In direct democracy the people collectively make decisions for themselves. The minority are allowed to continue to put forth their argument until all parties are happy, and there are no more unresolved minority interests. Tyranny of the majority is avoided.

It's arguable which is the better system.

edit on 11/5/2011 by ANOK because: typo

posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 12:29 PM
If you consider yourself a genuine Americanist conservative you need to know this fundamental fact. There is no other method to convince others of your credibility. Watch this and spread the good news!

Proof That America is a Republic NOT a Democracy - video

posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 12:33 PM
The United Socialist States of America!

Has a nice ring to it!

posted on Feb, 9 2012 @ 10:36 AM
reply to post by desertdweller1
GREAT THREAD. I suspect that a large majority of the US population have no clue about fundamental precepts of our form of government and constitution. Most of the people I talk to about the subject look at me like I am an alien when I speak of individual, state, and federal sovereignty.

Common sense tells me that individual sovereignty is supreme. The citizens of the United States, as empowered by our constitution, should have the majority of political power. The states should be the next in line and the federal government should be the least powerful when it comes to the relation of power between these three entities. A reasonable person with minimal knowledge of U.S. history should construe that our founders' intent was: to limit the power of the federal government so that it could never be more powerful than the states or, much less, more powerful than the people.

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