The Difference between a Democracy and a Republic

LISTEN NOW! More than once, you may have heard someone refer to the basic design of America as a “democracy”. You may have heard it in conversation, on the news, or said it yourself. The truth is, America is not a democracy, it’s a republic. In its simplest understanding, a democracy is just to have the majority. If democracy is in fact the case that means that the minority loses their rights to what the majority desires. In order to understand the republic, James Madison shares a simple understanding of a republic. He says it this way, “The people would naturally divide themselves into groups, factions, factions would have different interests, different beliefs, and different desires. These many different factions over a large extended republic would prevent a majority of citizens coming together to oppress a minority.”
 
We have to pay attention to the decisions that are being made within confines of our government. It appears that our civil liberties are not only being taken away, but they are also being given away. Why? It is because many do not understand what is written within our Constitution. Prager University expounds on this stating “that misunderstanding has led to a serious erosion of our freedom”. By looking at the original intent that the founders had for the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, we can see how far we have drifted from the original intended design.

Be empowered and informed to understand, not only what is going on, but why the decisions are being made, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Bill of Rights, Framers of the Constitution, Federalist Papers, judicial review, The Supreme Court, and rights. John and Steve shared in this segment.
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