Back in April I put together a post that–in my opinion– had an informative, easy to understand comparison between a Republic vs Democracy. As much as I wish every American read that post, it didn’t happen. I still hear/read AMERICANS referring the US using the “D word.” Come on, Really?
So now I sit in front of my computer to yet again post a short refresher in US History/Politics via Compare Anything to go along with the link above, wishing (but knowing better), that everyone reads, understands and reforms–even if it means some of us re-learning, starting at square one, so be it–at least there’s momentum. I digress.
I would also to STRESS the importance of the difference between the two and why it’s imperative we KNOW and know why the United States is a REPUBLIC. It was done on purpose!
Thank you, enjoy!
|Constraints on the government||No; the majority can impose its will on the minority||Yes; the majority cannot take away certain inalienable rights|
|Definition||is ruled by the omnipotent majority. In a Democracy, an individual, and any group of individuals composing any minority, have no protection against the unlimited power of the majority. It is a case of Majority-over-Man.||a constitutionally limited government, of the representative type, created by a written Constitution–adopted by the people and changeable by them only by its amendment–with its powers divided between three separate branches of government.|
|History||Originated in Classical Athens||Classical Rome|
|Sovereignty is held by||the whole population (as a group)||the people (individuals)|
|Famous Examples||Classical Greece, Rome||United States Of America|
|Common confusion in the USA||People commonly confuse direct democracy with representative democracy. The US officially has a representative style, though many have suggested the US is closer to an oligarchy or plutocracy.||The US is actually a Republic. It is governed by rule of law. The elected is supposed to be bound by oath to the written governing limits (ie constitution) yet vote “together” and create laws to address concerns of the represented in a democratic way|