America Is Not a Democracy, but it should be, that is the problem

What is The United States

  • 1) a Republic

    Votes: 5 62.5%
  • 2) a Democracy

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 3) it is both a republic and a democracy

    Votes: 2 25.0%
  • 4) flawed democracy

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • 5) an oligarchy

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    8
Sep 2018
5,666
948
cleveland ohio
#1
“The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

“I always knew the system was dysfunctional,” said Congressman Steve Israel. “Now it is beyond broken.”
America Is Not a Democracy
 
Nov 2017
1,431
793
.
#2
The United States of America is a federated democratic constitutional republican secular nation with no royalty and no titles of nobility.
 
Dec 2015
13,808
12,685
Arizona
#3
I often hear people argue that the United States is a republic, not a democracy. But that’s a false dichotomy. A common definition of “republic” is, to quote the American Heritage Dictionary, “A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them” — we are that. A common definition of “democracy” is, “Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives” — we are that, too.

The United States is not a direct democracy, in the sense of a country in which laws (and other government decisions) are made predominantly by majority vote. Some lawmaking is done this way, on the state and local levels, but it’s only a tiny fraction of all lawmaking. But we are a representative democracy, which is a form of democracy.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...public-or-a-democracy/?utm_term=.5f3aecebd52d
 
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