[OT] Are we a democracy or a republic?
amb-plug at bradfords.org
Thu Sep 1 23:18:10 MDT 2005
Thus said Kenneth Burgener on Thu, 01 Sep 2005 22:45:30 MDT:
> I have been hearing a lot about how we are happy to see democracy
> developing in Iraq . This lead me to think about us. Are we a
> democracy or a republic? Are we both?
The government of the United States of America was established as a
Republic. A republic is based upon the rule by laws. A democracy is
based upon mob rule (aka majority rule).
Kind of makes you wonder why the media and other similar forums are
preaching Democracy in Iraq, doesn't it...
> This particular site  seems to be on a quest to inform us that we
> are indeed a republic, and not a democracy.
That would be a quest based in truth. There are plenty of good reads on
the founding of our nation, including the Federalist Papers and the
> Just thought I would send this off topic question out into the air,
> along with the other fun off topic questions going around, and
> possibly help my wife with her American History homework. :-)
She may need to turn to other textbooks. The textbooks they use these
days are drab and full of only the least amount of detail required to
learn the subject.
Other good reads for your wife could be ``Democracy in America'' by
Alexis de Tocqueville and ``Conceived in Liberty'' by Murray Rothbard.
Also a very good read is ``The Politically Incorrect Guide to American
History'' by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
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