America is a Republic
The United States of America is a Republic.
Our Founding Fathers wanted our country to be one that would last for generations to come. They knew the strength of a republic and that a country to last had to be one of the people not the government. John Adams has been cited as saying this about democracy: "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
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A republic is a form of government in which the head of state is not a monarch and the people (or at least a part of its people) have an impact on its government. The word 'republic' is derived from the Latin phrase res publica which can be translated as "public affairs".
Both modern and ancient republics vary widely in their ideology and composition. The most common definition of a republic is a state without a monarch. In republics such as the US and France the executive is legitimated both by a constitution and by popular suffrage. In the United States Founding Fathers like James Madison defined republic in terms of representative democracy as opposed to only having direct democracy, and this usage is still employed by many viewing themselves as "republicans". In modern political science, republicanism refers to a specific ideology that is based on civic virtue and is considered distinct from ideologies such as liberalism.
Most often a republic is a sovereign country, but there are also subnational entities that are referred to as republics. For instance the Soviet Union was composed of distinct Soviet Socialist Republics. *Article IV of the Constitution of the United States "guarantee[s] to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government."
Democracy is a principle that the control of authority comes from public, and ruler and non-ruler are the same. It is derived from the Greek demokratia, "popular government", which was coined from demos, "people" and kratos, "rule, strength" in the middle of the fifth-fourth century BC to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notably Athens following a popular uprising in 508 BC. A democracy can denote either direct or indirect rule by the people.
In political theory, democracy describes a small number of related forms of government and also a political philosophy. Even though there is no specific, universally accepted definition of 'democracy', there are two principles that any definition of democracy includes. The first principle is that all citizens, not invested with the power to govern, have equal access to power and the second that all citizens enjoy legitimized freedoms and liberties. 
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*It is important to note what Article IV of the Constitution of the United States guarantees to the states: every State in this Union a Republic form of Government.
The Pledge of Allegiance - "to the Republic"
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.
Things you Should Know about a Republic verses a Democracy
"Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos." Justice John Marshall
"We cannot expect the Americans to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of Socialism, until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism." - Nikita Kruschev, Premiere of the former Soviet Union, 3-1/2 months before his first visit to the United States.
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson [What would Jefferson say today?]
"Hear no more of trust in men, but rather bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution." Thomas Jefferson
"A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government."
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Ritchie, December 25, 1820
"I trust that the proposed Constitution afford a genuine specimen of representative government and republican government; and that it will answer, in an eminent degree, all the beneficial purposes of society." Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June, 1788
Sound off! What do you think? - Republic vs. Democracy
A republic is authority derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them. Attitude toward property is respect for law and individual rights and a sensible economic procedure. A democracy is a government of authority derived through mass meetings or any other form of "direct" expression. It has an attitude toward property as communistic - negating property rights.
I say the best form is the one our Founding Fathers established for us in the Constitution, a Republic. Be sure you know which form of government your have and speak out in its defense.
Did the Founding Fathers know what they were doing?
What We Pledge To!
REPUBLIC vs. DEMOCRACY
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."
In the Pledge of Allegiance we all pledge allegiance to our Republic, not to a democracy. "Republic" is the proper description of our government, not "democracy." I invite you to join me in raising public awareness regarding that distinction.
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.
Republic. That form of government in which the powers of sovereignty are vested in the people and are exercised by the people, either directly, or through representatives chosen by the people, to whome those powers are specially delegated. [NOTE: The word "people" may be either plural or singular. In a republic the group only has advisory powers; the sovereign individual is free to reject the majority group-think. USA/exception: if 100% of a jury convicts, then the individual loses sovereignty and is subject to group-think as in a democracy.]
Democracy. That form of government in which the sovereign power resides in and is exercised by the whole body of free citizens directly or indirectly through a system of representation, as distinguished from a monarchy, aristocracy, or oligarchy. [NOTE: In a pure democracy, 51% beats 49%. In other words, the minority has no rights. The minority only has those privileges granted by the dictatorship of the majority.]
Continued Republic vs. Democracy
Battle Hymn of the Republic - World War II America
America, the Republic
What makes our Republic work:
Link Along With Me
- Republic America
Nature of Republican government
- A Republic, Not a Democracy
- We The American People Want To Remain Free
Whenever I see this Norman Rockwell painting, "Freedom of Speech", I think of America. Isn't that what America is all about, freedom to speak, think, and move about as long as we do not hurt or infringe upon others? Is this not what our Founding Fath
- Wall Builders
Learn the truth about your American History
One Serious Question About Your Government
Is Our Government Covering Up Something Regarding September 11, 2001?
A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT!
The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, An anxious citizen, Mrs. Powell, gathered outside Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention to ask Benjamin Franklin: " Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, " A republic, if you can keep it."