Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 1 decade ago

Would a democratic republican country be considered an oxymoron?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Strictly speaking, a "democracy" is a system where everyone votes on everything, whereas a "republic" is a system where everyone votes for representatives who then vote on everything on behalf of everyone.

    The classic "democracy" was ancient Athens, where every citizen could vote on every issue affecting the city-state. We would, however, probably not recognize it as a "democracy" by our standards, since a very small percentage of the people living in Athens were actually considered citizens.

    The United States is, by design of the Founding Fathers, a "republic", where we vote for qualified representatives to work full time on the issues affecting the people as a whole. The Founding Fathers felt that a core team of political experts (i.e., Congress) would have a better chance of coming up with good solutions than relying on the vagaries of the general population, not to mention the logistical nightmare of trying to get a widespread population voting consistently on various issues. (Not until the age of the Internet has it even been remotely possible...imagine deciding issues through an American Idol type process!)

    If you're looking at the strictest possible definitions, the term "democratic republican" could possibly be considered oxymoronic, but generally the word "democratic" can also be taken to mean any system which, directly or indirectly, derives its ultimate authority from a voting citizenry.

    Typical examples of democratic republican countries are the United States, the Irish Republic, or Israel. Countries such as the United Kingdom or Spain are also democratic and decide issues through an elected legislature, but since the power of the state is represented by a monarch, they are usually referred to as constitutional monarchies.

    An example of an undemocratic republican country might be the People's Republic of China, where the "representatives", who do have the power to vote on issues, are selected by party bosses, and not by the votes of the people as a whole.

  • 4 years ago

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  • no.. just a moron.

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