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What is the United States?

Im writing an essay and one of my main points is that the united states is a democracy country............at least that is what I thought, after searching online some people say yes, some say no. Some say its republic.

Also if it is democracy or republic would it be correct to say in my essay key points on how democracy or republic has change the U.S by for example allowing women and african-americans the right to vote, freedom of speech, living free from dictators, or would that be irrelevant of what truley democracy or republic really is.

Thank you for the help

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  • 8 years ago
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    The US is officially a constitutional democratic republic. It has a constitution that specifies form, stabilizes, and limits the government. It is democratic because the populace elects representatives instead of them being appointed, and it is a republic because it runs under assemblies of representatives.

    Our congress has two assemblies of representatives. One is the House of Representatives who represent the populace in general. Each state sends a number of representatives according to its population.

    The other assembly is the Senate. Each state sends two senators now elected by popular vote but originally they were appointed by each state assembly. They represent the states and the various cultures dominant in those states.

    Originally, and still to some extent, various cultures from various places mostly in Britain and Europe established colonies and territories of their own. The conflicts between them would have been much more severe if the Senate didn't give each a chance to influence government. The most populated cities would have taken control. Cultural conflicts beyond the universal one between rural and urban cultures that causes most civil wars and revolutions would have been much more common here.

    Below are some details about how we arrived at changing the US government from a confederation to a federation. The seceding states in the 1860s went back to a confederacy until the federal union forced them back into the federation of the United States. Our Civil War began when the Union prepared for blockading southern ports because they refused the tariffs and seceded.

    The structure and principles of government here in the US are all wrapped around the very fierce battle between Federalist Party bankers and merchants and anti-Federalist farmers and tradesmen. The latter soon formed the Democratic-Republican Party ultimately known as the Democratic Party (today's Republican Party wasn't formed until the latter 1840s), but with true liberal policies not the socialist and progressives ones of today. The anti-Federalists strongly opposed many Federalist policies and did not trust the new constitution the Federalists wanted, so they demanded our Bill of Rights to protect themselves (and us) against domination from the Federalists.

    The primary reason the Federalist bankers and merchants called for a convention to alter the existing (then) constitution (the Articles of Confederation) was because that constitution allowed states to shut out businesses from other states. Those articles formed a "confederation" of independent states. Those were like independent countries aligned together without the overriding federal authority we have today. The Federalists wanted changes that allowed them to move their businesses freely between states.

    The Federalists also wanted to form "well regulated [meaning fully trained and equipped] select corps of the young and ardent" (see Federalist Paper No. 29) formal militia units drawn from within the already existing (since the beginning of the colonies' formations) militia of all able-bodied male citizens. The new formal militia of disciplined (and indoctrinated) young men (good for dominating states and citizens) was wanted by them to put down rebellions like Shays' Rebellion a year before had been against Massachusetts banks. That rebellion was made from (of course) many members of the normal citizens' militia.

    The arguments between Federalists and anti-Federalists, under many compromises hopefully students are still taught, resulted in the new Constitution we have today. Fallout from the conflict between the two factions eventually cost Federalist leader Alexander Hamilton's life from a dueling wound, and culminated in our Civil War decades later.

    That war did not result from the hot issue of slavery, as both of us were taught. Secession was inspired by oppressive tariffs on southeastern Democratic state's lucrative foreign trade. Northern Republican Party (they had succeeded the defunct Federalist Party) controlled states were thrown into deep economic depression by huge hordes of my starving Irish relatives undercutting wages, just as today's on-coming depression is caused by horrendously huge hordes of overpopulating Asian excess labor undercutting wages

    The tariffs were needed to bail out the suffering north, as well as a whip for the English descendant merchant controlled north to beat the Scots-Irish descendant farmer controlled south for perpetually resisting their domination here like they did in Great Britain.

    Source(s): For decades I studied philosophies, cultures, and social institutions. I began that because of confusion resulting from my military experience under the shadow of neo-Marxist anti-military and anti-capitalism indoctrination in the universities. I continue a forty year quest wading through the huge pile of stinking crap a wide variety of bigots piled on top of truth hiding it from nearly everyone's view. The pile was made by blaming people they don't like while excusing people they do like regardless of where the fault really lies.
  • 8 years ago

    I was taught that in a democracy the people determine the laws and the leaders. The method by which the people do this is voting.

    The city state of Athens is thought of as a democracy because there was a general body of citizens who voted on policy and installed leaders DIRECTLY. There was no electoral college. Either you were voting and that vote contained real authority or you were not voting. In that democracy the women and the slaves did not vote.

    With Athens as the original example we see that there is nothing undemocratic about denying women the vote or having states where there are more people enslaved than there are free citizens. It is safer to argue that these policies are un-American than to argue that they are undemocratic.

    Today we think of democracy as including Universal Suffrage. That is a development, or change, in the way we think about democracy. It is not how people always thought of democracy.


    It seems silly to think of minors as having the right to vote, but remember that there was a time when you could not vote before age twenty one.


    “I pledge allegiance to the flag and the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

    Notice the word is Republic, not democracy. Why?

    The words democracy and democratic never appear in the United States Constitution. Section 4 does address the Republican Form of Government. Notice that a democratic form of government is not guaranteed to the states. Why do we see Republican and not democratic?

    “Section 4. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence. “

    Does the election of governors makes the US a democracy?

    Governors are elected to be in charge of states, not the country. Your question was not whether a single US State was a democracy, but whether the whole country was a democracy. By the way the US constitution guarantees that every state will have a Republican form of government.

    Do citizens vote on laws?

    Ask your father or grandfather what was the last law they voted for. The question will sound odd to them. The citizens of the United States express their opinions about laws. They do not vote on laws. The population votes for representatives. The representatives make the laws.

    Do the citizens elect the leaders?

    It can be pointed out that members of both houses of Congress are directly elected. That makes one branch of the Federal government where officials are elected directly. The Federal government is made up of three branches. The Judicial Branch of the US Federal Government is not elected by the population at all.

    The remaining branch is the Executive Branch.

    The President of the United States is a part of the Executive Branch of the federal government. So is the vice president, so the president is not the only member of the Executive Branch. You do not vote for anyone else in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. There are a lot of people in the Executive Branch. The FBI is an example. You don’t vote for anyone at the FBI. The head of the FBI is often the same person through multiple elections for US President. The head of the FBI is appointed, never elected by the population.

    Do the citizens elect the president?

    "The Electoral College is an example of an indirect election, consisting of 538 electors who officially elect the President and Vice President of the United States."


    In other words, according to the law the President is elected by the Electoral College.

    Ask your teachers or your parents the name of the last member of the Electoral College they voted for. If you don’t even know their names, in what sense are you voting for them? You are not voting for members of the Electoral College.


    When the population votes for me and the Electoral College votes for you, you are elected because the Electoral College is who is doing the electing.

    Faithlessness refers to the fact that in close to half the United States Electors do not have to vote for the people their state population voted for.


    The United States of America is a Republic which uses democratic procedures. It is not a democracy.

    It is good to write in your report about how our way of thinking about democracy has changed including suffrage for women, the voting rights act and the states that in 2012 are seeking to have the voting rights act repealed.

  • Ryan
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    8 years ago

    I live in the United States, and I am sure we are a democracy. A democracy is a type of government in which every one has a saying in new laws, government people, and who will be the next president. As a legal citizen of the US, you can vote, and own a house.

  • 8 years ago

    Simple a democracy is every one voting on the subject at hand a republic is every one voting for ppl to do the voting for them so on a state lvl democracy on the federal lvl we are a republic

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  • 4 years ago

    Also if it is democracy or republic would it be correct to say in my essay key points on how democracy or republic has change the U.S by for example allowing women and african-americans the right to vote, freedom of speech, living free from dictators, or would that be irrelevant of what truley democracy or republic really is.

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