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.
Last week, President Trump signed an executive order that authorized the U.S. to slap additional sanctions on any foreign entity caught meddling in America’s elections. But while it may look like the president is taking a hardline stance on election interference, officials say that it’s nothing more than an empty gesture.read more
The identity of the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has now been revealed. Her name is Christine Blasey Ford, and she’s a 51-year-old research psychologist who teaches at Palo Alto University in California.read more
After months of refusing to cooperate with federal prosecutors, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has finally flipped. President Trump has yet to comment on the matter, though it doesn’t take much to infer how he feels. During an Aug. 23 interview with Fox News, Trump said that flipping “almost ought to be illegal.”read more
Mere moments before today’s vote was supposed to take place, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced that she had received new information on Kavanaugh that she has forwarded to the FBI. Feinstein did not elaborate on the specifics, but according to Newsweek, it pertains to sexual misconduct.read more
According to The Washington Post, an increasing number of individuals born near the Texas-Mexico border are being denied passports after being accused of using fraudulent birth certificates. Some of these individuals have even been sent to immigration detention centers and threatened with deportation.read more
“Fear: Trump in the White House” is a 448-page book written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward. In this tell-all exclusive, Woodward describes an executive branch that is on the verge of a “nervous breakdown.”read more
The hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was rife with drama, as protesters screamed and pleaded with the Senate to vote no. In an interview with the Daily Caller, President Trump seemed to imply that such protests should be illegal.read more
Although the identity of this person remains a secret, rumors abound that the source is none other than Vice President Mike Pence. If, theoretically, this were true, Pence’s motivation for penning such a letter would make perfect sense: he would become the next President of the United States if Trump were impeached.read more
Last week, President Trump informed the public via Twitter that White House counsel Don McGahn will be resigning this fall. There’s just one problem with that: sources close to the matter claim that the announcement was made without informing McGahn first.read more
We’ve all become unfortunately familiar with the “alternative facts” and cries of “fake news!” coming from the White House. But many of us may not see the deeper problems with President Trump’s tantrum-laced tweets and bald-faced lies, and that is that the president is literally trying to rewrite history.read more