America: Republic or Democracy?

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It is truly amazing how many still think that the United States’ form of government is a democracy and not a republic.   It is critically important that we know the difference.   Please share this excellent video with your friends and family.

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23 Responses to “America: Republic or Democracy?”


  1. 2 churchmouse October 13, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Hello, Dr Kate — Even when I was in high school, most of us thought that the US was a democracy. That was back in the 1970s. So, at 15 we found out it was a republic. But, I would be willing to wager that most Americans think they live in a democracy.

    Same thing is happening in the UK. I saw a member of the Labour cabinet on the BBC the other week. He said, ‘People don’t realise we have a parliamentary democracy.’ I’m thinking, ‘You’re right they don’t realise it, because the UK is a constitutional monarchy.’ The interviewer didn’t even pick him up on that.

    So, there is a lot of misinformation going around, much of it using the word ‘democracy’.

  2. 3 No-nonsense-nancy October 13, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Great video, Dr. Kate. I’ll share it. I hope we will soon get back to our rightfull position of a constitutional republic!

  3. 4 drkate October 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

    An excellent read from American Thinker on the Nobel Peace Prize…as a weapon against America:

    This use of the Peace Prize as a political weapon against the United States is not new.

    Long gone are the days when recipients were the likes of Lech Walensa (1983), Mother Teresa (1979), Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin (1978), Andrei Sakharov (1975), Martin Luther King (1964), George Marshall (1953), Albert Schweitzer (1952), Charles G. Dawes, himself a Chicagoan and a former Vice President of the United States (1925), and former President Theodore Roosevelt, who negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War (1909). That they all actually did something is beside the point. Rather, to one degree or another, American or not, they all represented some principle tied to the American Idea.

    Instead, the modern crop of Peace Prize-winners, even when they have been Americans, were chosen as conscious rebukes to the United States and American “exceptionalism”: Yasser Arafat (1994), Jimmy Carter (2002), Al Gore (2007), Kofi Annan (2001), Mohamed Al-Baradei (2005), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007), the International Atomic Energy Agency (2005), and even the United Nations (2001) itself.

    The American Idea – a republic, e pluribus unum, of self-governing people, built upon the bedrock of limited government and the rule of law, in the civic life of which race, religion, ethnicity, origin, and class mean nothing, and in the private life of which they can mean as much or as little as people freely choose – is hateful to the “concept” of Oslo and therefore to the men of Oslo.

    That’s the message of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

  4. 5 drkate October 13, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Another excellent read at jbjd’s spot. Unbelievable stuff on the SC election fraud effort:

    http://jbjd.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/if-it-looks-like-a-duck/

  5. 7 curi0us0nefromthe60s October 13, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Dr. Kate,

    Terrific video. Well explained and easily understood. You can also find a discussion of a democracy vs. a republic in the book The 5000 Year Leap. In part there is this section:

    THE 5000 YEAR LEAP
    The Miracle that Changed the World
    Author: W. Cleon Skousen
    Publisher: Copyright 1991, 2006 by National Center for Constitutional Studies
    Pages 154 and 155

    A Democracy and a Republic Compared

    “A democracy becomes increasingly unwieldy and inefficient as the population grows. A republic, on the other hand, governs through elected representatives and can be expanded indefinitely. James Madison contrasted these two systems when he wrote:

    Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been viloent in their deaths…
    A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking. (Federalist Papers, No. 10.)

    Madison later went on to point out how an expanding country like the United States could not possibly confine itself to the limitations of a democracy, but must rely upon a representative or republican form of government to protect the ever-expanding interests of its people. He said:

    In a democracy the people meet and exercise the government in person; in a republic they assemble and administer it by their representatives and agents. A democracy, consequently, must be confined to a small spot. A republic may be extended over a large region. (Federalist Papers, No. 14)
    A Republic Defined

    To make his position completely clear, Madison offered a concise definiton of a republic as follows:

    We may define a republic to be…a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, their government the honorable title of republic. (Federalis Papers, No. 39)

  6. 9 Quantum Leap October 13, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Have you seen this yet? Liz Cheney ad puts this out for all to see.

  7. 11 Quantum Leap October 13, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Okay. Is it looking like we are getting more and more people speaking out? We are no longer alone in this fight.

    • 12 drkate October 13, 2009 at 9:10 pm

      Excellent. They are all remarking of course on his inability to make a decision. Sheesh! Wake the f*** up!!!

      Feinstein looked like she had a black eye or something?

  8. 13 Quantum Leap October 13, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    And a Marine is asking for help on this to go viral..

    http://www.oilforimmigration.org/facts/?p=3836

    • 15 Quantum Leap October 14, 2009 at 12:49 pm

      Holy cow this is a find indeed! wow!

      I’ll repost in case it gets scrubbed.

      Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate
      ——————————————————————————–

      Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.

      The allegations that horrified fellow Republicans and caused his once-promising candidacy to implode in four short days have given Obama a clear lead as Republicans struggled to fetch an alternative.

      Ryan’s campaign began to crumble on Monday following the release of embarrassing records from his divorce. In the records, his ex-wife, Boston Public actress Jeri Ryan, said her former husband took her to kinky sex clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans.

      Barrack Obama

      “It’s clear to me that a vigorous debate on the issues most likely could not take place if I remain in the race,” Ryan, 44, said in a statement. “What would take place, rather, is a brutal, scorched-earth campaign – the kind of campaign that has turned off so many voters, the kind of politics I refuse to play.”

      Although Ryan disputed the allegations, saying he and his wife went to one ‘avant-garde’ club in Paris and left because they felt uncomfortable, lashed out at the media and said it was “truly outrageous” that the Chicago Tribune got a judge to unseal the records.

      The Republican choice will become an instant underdog in the campaign for the seat of retiring Republican Senator Peter Fitzgerald, since Obama held a wide lead even before the scandal broke.

      “I feel for him actually,” Obama told a Chicago TV station. “What he’s gone through over the last three days I think is something you wouldn’t wish on anybody.”

      The Republican state committee must now choose a replacement for Ryan, who had won in the primaries against seven contenders. Its task is complicated by the fact that Obama holds a comfortable lead in the polls and is widely regarded as a rising Democratic star.

      The chairwoman of the Illinois Republican Party, Judy Topinka, said at a news conference, after Ryan withdrew, that Republicans would probably take several weeks to settle on a new candidate.

      “Obviously, this is a bad week for our party and our state,” she said.

      As recently as Thursday, spokesmen for the Ryan campaign still insisted that Ryan would remain in the race. Ryan had defended himself saying, “There’s no breaking of any laws. There’s no breaking of any marriage laws. There’s no breaking of the Ten Commandments anywhere.”

      AP___

  9. 16 ocelot October 14, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Well, Am I to be afraid? What you are teaching is that every thing on this world that we have created has a lifespan. I understand this.

    Are you afraid because you fear death? Fear not the inevitable. Enjoy what you have now whatever it be, and create what you see as your future.

    • 17 drkate October 14, 2009 at 9:03 pm

      This is not about fear, ocelot…that must be your reaction.

      This is about education…learning the difference between a republic and a democracy.

      Knowledge is preferable to fear any day. Knowledge empowers, fear paralyzes.

      • 18 ocelot October 15, 2009 at 8:33 pm

        My apologies. I appreciate your information. Fear is what we are trained to see. Knowledge is a very good start. Perhaps you have a suggestion for a proper course of action?

        • 19 drkate October 15, 2009 at 8:53 pm

          ocelot, like others, I am trying to get there. Each article here helps me understand the ‘lay of the land’…so I am sure with so many others working too, the solutions will begin to emerge.

          thanks for your comments.

  10. 22 ramjet767 October 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Save copies of all these pages below before they disappear from the net. And, it is time for concerned Americans to write letters to all the Judges in all the cases and attach copies of these pages showing Kenyan born Obama such as these examples:

    Published In Kenya:
    http://web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/news26060403.htm

    Published In Uganda:
    http://allafrica.com/stories/200802180051.html

    Published In Nigeria:
    http://www.nigerianobservernews.com/4112008/4112008/news/news1.html

    The addresses for key judges in key cases are listed at the bottom of this page:

    http://www.thebirthers.org/misc/marshall.html

    http://www.thebirthers.org/

    RJ

  11. 23 E.L. Beck March 5, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Excellent post, but ever since the Civil War the American Republic has withered almost out of existence… all we have left is a democracy.

    See second Q&A:

    http://the-small-r.com/why-small-r-republicanism-part-1/


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