Myth: The US isn’t a Democracy, it’s a republic.
Fact: We are a Constitutional Republic AND a Democracy. That’s because a republic is a form of Democracy.
The founding fathers believed in a democratically elected government, but they didn’t support a purely Rousseauian-style democracy. So, they devised a system where representatives are democratically elected by the populace to serve at the pleasure of the citizenry.
The existence of voting representatives gives us the “republic” part of our government. But we also have the Senate to balance out power between states–that is, to keep larger states from overpowering smaller states–and the House of Representatives to accurately represent the citizenry of states based on population.
The beauty of the American system can be found in its effort to combine democratic ideals with a classical republic to develop a practical democratic system. In fact, it’s this republicanism that makes democracy work in America.
President Trump is singing a very different tune now that his own daughter has been caught using a private email account to conduct government business. On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Ivanka Trump used her personal account to correspond with White House officials throughout much of 2017.read more
Maine became the first state in the country to use ranked-choice voting to decide a federal election. No candidate got 50% or more of the vote, which sent the election to a ranked-choice runoff. The loser is now suing, saying that ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional.read more
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is the latest Republican to take a verbal swing at President Trump. The insulting remark was made during last night’s final gubernatorial debate, in which Baker faced off against Democratic rival Jay Gonzalez.read more
On Tuesday, President Trump sent shockwaves throughout the country when he suggested putting an end to birthright citizenship—a Constitutional right protected by the 14th Amendment. The move has drawn ire from both sides of the political aisle.read more
Voters in Texas are crying foul over an alleged glitch in the state’s electronic voting system. According to the Associated Press, the machines are used in approximately 30 percent of counties statewide. Both Democratic and Republican voters have reported the issue.read more
U.S. intelligence officials say Russian and Chinese agents are gaining valuable insights from the president’s private phone conversations, including how to best persuade him. The president vehemently denies these claims.read more
On Monday, a bomb was delivered to the home of philanthropic billionaire George Soros, who frequently supports progressive causes. Now, his son is speaking out about what he views as a threat against “the future of American democracy.”read more
The purge is legal under the state’s “use it or lose it” law, which allows people to be removed from the voter rolls if they haven’t voted, responded to a notice, or contacted election officials within a three-year period.read more
From wanting to forbid protests in public areas of Washington, D.C., to a constant stream of performative victimization, President Trump and the Republican party “have all agreed on a central message: Democratic protest is wrong and dangerous in itself.”read more
The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would severely limit the number of protests that can take place in Washington, D.C. According to Newsweek, the public would be banned from gathering along the north sidewalk of the White House and at the National Mall.read more