Are we a Democracy or a Republic?

American-Flag1Mr. Hannity asked Mr. Gingrich that very question.  We are a little of both.  As it turns out, the term Republic is actually an extension of the concept of Democracy or a government of the people, by the people, for the people.  A RE-PUBLIC is a democracy where elected officials REpresent the PUBLIC or the people.  A true, unadulterated democracy would work like an old-time New England Town Meeting where the people of the town attend the town meeting and vote directly on bills and proposed ordinances, as opposed to outsourcing this duty to elected representatives.  New England Town Meetings were very affective in small towns but when we defeated the British in The American Revolution, our Founding Fathers warned of the mob-ocracy that would result by empowering all of the nation’s citizens; John Locke preached throughout his life that power inevitably corrupts and even good God-fearing people can succumb to temptation if possessing too much power.  Besides, it was not the intention of the original founders to distribute power evenly as they did not want to get rid of their slaves.  And as corrupt as Washington is and always will be, it is easier to deal with 536 corrupt people than 560 Million masses of people.

I believe the term American Democracy is a misnomer.  As the word planet is an ancient Greek word meaning wandering star and Galileo proved to us all that planets are not stars.  As American as a crowd at a baseball game singing Take me out to the Ballgame during the seventh inning stretch when in fact, you are already at the ballgame and the barring extra innings, the ballgame is two-thirds completed.  The proper title for the American Government should be American Republic; I will keep that in mind when

I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America.  And to the republic for which it stands…

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