An Important Distinction: Democracy versus Republic

Also, there are more people coming from Mexico, legally or illegally, amnesty or not, who know that the benefits are mostly created by Democrats and will always vote for the Democrats or convince others to do so.

A republic is a form of government under a constitution which provides for the election of:

a: a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government.

democracy :: Democracy or republic

Outside of these areas, a republican form of government is guaranteed.

But to win the American Revolution this predatory elite neededhelp. Their own rhetoric about freedom and equality led to widespreaddemands for the right to vote: universal suffrage. In other words,the people began demanding democracy. Even the slaves (white andblack alike) demanded to be freed and allowed to vote.

It has great legal significance

Democracies have come in many shapes and sizes as reflected by the different answers to questions of how, when, and to which people power is given. And although it is not mentioned in the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution, democracy clearly links to "rule of law" to form a basic principle that profoundly shapes American government.

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Another modern version of democracy is called "," a term made famous by . As the leader of the in 1917, he established a communist government that allowed no private property to exist. All members of society were theoretically equal. However, Lenin considered a small "vanguard of the revolution" necessary to guide the people and establish order. So a small group of leaders make decisions in the name of the people, based on their perceptions of what the people want and need.

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But the main Amendment that tipped the scales from the nationalgovernment of the United States being a mere republic to beinga true representative democracy was the often-overlooked SeventeenthAmendment, which took effect in 1913. Since 1913 the U.S. Senatehas been elected directly by the voters, rather than being appointedby the state legislatures. That makes the national governmentdemocratic in form, as well as being a republic.

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These succinct definitions of what is Democracy and what is a Republic was produced by the US Army in 1928, These definitions have been quietly withdrawn since, soon after.

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But how could direct democracy work in a large, diverse population spread over a geographical distance? Generally, the answer has been that it can't. In its place, the put "indirect" or "representative" democracy. In this system, are chosen by the people to make decisions for them. The representative body, then, becomes a manageable size for doing the business of government. The Founders preferred the term "" to "democracy" because it described a system they generally preferred: the interests of the peopled were represented by more knowledgeable or wealthier citizens who were responsible to those that elected them. Today we tend to use the terms "republic" and "democracy" interchangeably. A widespread criticism of representative democracy is that the representatives become the "elites" that seldom consult ordinary citizens, so even though they are elected, a truly representative government doesn't really exist.