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.
It’s up to us to resist the urge to imagine that life was much better in the past, and instead to look to the present and the future. What is the president doing to improve life in the United States, now and in the days to come?read more
After being sent to jail on charges of money laundering and tampering with witnesses, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is living a pretty luxurious life compared to other inmates: he has his own suite, a private phone, a private workspace, and more.read more
Author and political commentator Robert Reich believes President Trump uses five tactics to “create a fog of confusion and bewilderment so we don’t pay attention to the damage he’s doing.” The first of these, Reich says, is distraction.read more
Why is everybody talking about Fox News reporter Chris Wallace’s interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin? Because he asked all the right questions and refused to let Putin beat around the bush when answering the question of why most of his critics end up dead.read more
The joint press conference between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit has been called “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.” That comment came from a Republican senator, so just imagine what his opponents are saying.read more
More often than not, Americans tend to talk about the presidential election in terms of halves: one half of the country voted for Republican nominee Donald Trump, and the other half voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But that is simply not the case.read more
A new study has found that many Republicans consider Islam to be a “false religion.” Misconceptions about Islam have driven not only President Trump’s travel ban but the shocking fact that nearly one-fifth of Americans would deny Muslim citizens their Constitutional right to vote.read more
According to Politico, Putin has been targeting the American right since at least 2013. Not only has he gone to great lengths to market himself and Russia as the final bastion of “traditional values,” but he’s also condemned the “genderless and infertile” liberal attitudes of the U.S. and other Western countries.read more
While most Americans were busy celebrating our nation’s independence, GOP leaders spent July 4 (along with the two days leading up to it) meeting with Russian officials in Moscow, while their colleagues back home confirmed the Russians meddled in our election.read more
On Monday, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring on July 31.read more