With Justice for ALL (quote from the pledge of allegience U.S.A.)
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ARE WE A DEMOCRACY OR A REPUBLIC IN THE U.S.?
The true meaning of democracy seems to have been lost over time. When one not completely aware of its meaning starts to use it extensively then it is time for all of us to become concerned.
Our education system apparently is lacking in this area as educators and pupils use it in expressing government, ours primarily. In a recent letter to the editor, which appeared in the (Florence) Morning News, a supporter of the tax increase needed for District 1, asked this question; "Isn't this a democracy?" I pointed out that to quickly identify our country's form of government she need only recite the Pledge of Allegiance of our flag. Somewhere it mentions REPUBLIC. Oddly enough, my letter taking the writer to task somehow failed to find its way on the editorial page. Perhaps the editor did not want this subject to upset the media's own misuse of the word.
On a recent Sunday political talk program the error was also uttered by, of all people, a Senator of the United States Congress. Is it possible that he didn't know the truth? Sure seems that way.
Has the use of the word democracy been so messaged over the years that its true meaning has been lost, perhaps forever? Not if I have anything to say about it.
Let's take a look at the definition of both Democracy and Republic. To best do this I refer to an article, author unknown, for clarification.
REPUBLIC vs. DEMOCRACY
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all."
In the Pledge of Allegiance we all pledge allegiance to our Republic, not to a democracy. "Republic" is the proper description of our government, not "democracy." I invite you to join me in raising public awareness regarding that distinction.
The distinction between our Republic and a democracy is not an idle one. It has great legal significance.
The Constitution guarantees to every state a Republican form of government (Art. 4, Sec. 4). No state may join the United States unless it is a Republic. Our Republic is one dedicated to "liberty and justice for all." Minority individual rights are the priority. The people have natural rights instead of civil rights. The people are protected by the Bill of Rights from the majority. One vote in a jury can stop all of the majority from depriving any one of the people of his rights; this would not be so if the United States were a democracy.
In a pure democracy 51 beats 49[%]. In a democracy there is no such thing as a significant minority: there are no minority rights except civil rights (privileges) granted by a condescending majority. Only five of the U.S. Constitution's first ten amendments apply to Citizens of the United States. Simply stated, a democracy is a dictatorship of the majority. Socrates was executed by a democracy: though he harmed no one, the majority found him intolerable.