Difference between a Democracy and a Republic

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The government in America is not to be our enemy but we have a representative government, and it should be our friend. Through the voting process, we select our friends and neighbors into the government positions. Unfortunately, our country is very divided right now. A Gallup poll states that 50% of people that the U.S. government is an immediate threat. Why is it like this? We don’t want this percentage to get higher, so we need to find out what is going on that has caused American’s to think that the government is our enemy.

When we look at the United States, it is not a democracy but a republic. To put it simply a democracy is to have the majority. If democracy is, in fact, the case, that means that the minority loses their rights to what the majority desires. To understand the republic, James Madison shared 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 must be alert about what is going on in America and find out why we are losing our liberties. Prager University expounds on this subject with Professor Robert George. “How did the framers of the Constitution of the United States seek to preserve liberty and prevent tyranny?”

Professor George explains how there has been a misunderstanding of the Constitution, “which has led to a serious erosion of our freedom.”

“The power grab the federalist feared, the national government taking more and more control over more and more American’s life took place…now, most American’s think of the Supreme Court as the ultimate arbiter of almost every social and political dispute…justices have plainly overstepped the bounds of their authority by creating law from the bench. Thereby further expanding their own power and that of the national government. Moreover, the Supreme Court has done little to stop the executive and legislative branches of the national government from un-constitutionally overreaching.” 

“We’ve drifted a long way from the original vision of the founders. The further we have drifted the more powerful the national government has grown, and the less free American’s have become. Freedom can be taken away, but it can also be given away out of sheer ignorance. If we Americans, we the people, want to get some of that freedom back we need to read America’s founding documents. All the freedom we ever wanted is there.”

Let us all choose to become aware of our founding documents in America and hold our government leaders accountable to what is written. We want to hear from you! You can write to us at [email protected]. John, Greg, and Steve shared in this segment.

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