02-17-2017, 08:35 PM
The key missing in your definition of a republic is that elected officials have rules to follow or abide by. The USA is a constitutional republic because the constitution is the laws which estsblish and limit the federal government. Just because citizens become complacent and are uneducated on the form of government we have and don't push back, doesn't change the original structure. The federal government overreaches, violating the constitution and its the job of the people to resist. But if those people think we are in a democracy then there is no push back because the king has already been elected by popular vote. As there are constitutional violations happening all the time, there isn't enough educated resistance. I'm not arguing that the structure of our government is or isn't collapsing but that doesn't give us a democracy.
May i ask, why are you so resistant to see the nation as a republic? Not sure if Ben Franklin said this or not when asked by a lady what he has given the people, "a republic ma'am, if you can keep it.", but he didn't say a democracy. the founders actually opposed democracy very much. And again, I don't mind debating where the nation has devolved to, but what's so wrong with seeing this nation as a republic? I see many points which were put in place to establish anything but a democracy - the electoral college is a great example, the original senate is another. Why spend all this time forming a non democracy if they just wanted a democracy in the first place? If you say this has changed over time, i completely agree. But can you point to evidence of how this federal govemtnt, in its creation, was a democracy? With agreement on this point we can move on to other issues in modern times if you'd like