Is America a Constitutional Republic or a Federal Republic?

I'm just confused on which kind of republic we are.

It's not a democracy, please don't respond saying it is.

[My political science professors have quite clearly explained that a republic is not necessarily a democracy. Although I still don't understand which republic America is.]

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Actually, that was what the Civil War was all about. It was about whether we were goiing to be a Federal Republic or not. Slavery just happened to be the defining issue.

  • 1 decade ago

    everyone likes to think that its a democracy but the truth is it isn't. The pledge of allegiance states "And to the Republic for which it stands". If you were to look at it today and name it, well perhaps a democratic republic. Meaning, in theory, that people have the say (in somethings) but are governed by a government chosen by people.. Or, you can say its a Constitution based Federal Republic with a strong Democratic tradition.

  • 1 decade ago

    Both. The form of government is Federal Republic; "constitutional republic" tag just means that it's based upon a supreme constitution (I can't think of a republic that isn't constitutional offhand).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    we are supposed to vote for people who vote for the laws. so we are an indirect form of democracy. the raw power of a democracy is tempered by the solid stable presence of qualified intermediaries.Otherwise we would crash and burn because most voters are too stupid to have actual power.

    lately we are tending toward a single party democracy. (like cuba) so we are no longer a true republic based on democracy. we are more of a dictatorship pretending to be a democracy. a facist government with pretend elections. Heil Bush!

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is a representative republic. It means that we are represented in our gov by a person "the people" elected. Therefore, the representative it to be answerable to "the people". Unfortunately, our gov system has been corrupted and resembles more what the founding fathers feared then envisioned.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In practice, we are a judicial oligarchy.

    The judges, especially the U. S. Supreme Court Dictators, have usurped far too much of the law-making power.

  • 1 decade ago

    i wouldnt mind finding out for either, but i dont think we are a "Federal Republic", yet...

    your question prokoked me to search and heres a bit i found

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitutional_republ...

  • 1 decade ago

    constitutional republic

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