The U.S.A. is not a democracy
It's a constitutional representative republic, and there's a big difference
Tyranny of the majority.
51% voting to deny rights to 49%.
Two wolves and a lamb deciding what to eat for dinner
A republic is a representative form of government that
is ruled according to a constitution (or charter) and a democracy is a
government that is ruled according to the will of the majority. Although these
forms of government are often confused, they are very different. The main
difference between a republic and a democracy is the constitution or charter
that limits power in a republic, to protect the individual's rights against the
desires of the majority. In a true democracy, the majority rules in all casesregardless of any consequences for individuals or for those who are not in the
majority on an issue.
In 1787, at the close of the Constitutional Convention, on the final day
of deliberation, someone asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of government our
founders created. Franklin said, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
Franklin and the other founders knew that a Republic, which is rule by
law, specifically the US Constitution, is the only way to provide the check
and balance necessary to protect us from the "mob rule" of which Jefferson
In Article 4, section 4 of the U.S. Constitution we read:
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a
Republican Form of Government".
What is a Republic? Is it a government based on law and
elected representatives that examine issues and vote on our behalf.
Supreme power resides in the citizens to vote in their representatives.
The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.
There is a very good reason that our Pledge of
Allegiance refers to our country as a Republic and there is a very good
reason that our Declaration of Independence and our constitution do not even mention the word "democracy".
What did our founding fathers think of a democracy? Here is a comment from
"Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have
ever been found incompatible with personal security or rights of property; and
have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their
Is our government under the Constitution of the United States a
constitutional republic or a democracy? How many times is the term "democracy" used in the pledge of allegiance?
How many times is the term "democracy" used in the Constitution of the United
States? It is not used once; not one single time. What does the Constitution
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican
form of government.... United States Constitution, Article IV,
Because we are a constitutional republic, we are a nation of laws wherein
each individual's rights are to be protected. Everyone has equal rights under
our constitutional republic. This is not the case under a democracy. In a
democracy, the majority rules.
Many people think that because we vote our representatives into office by a
democratic vote, we are a democracy. They also believe that Congress and/or the
President can make any law they want once they are in office. Or, some people
believe Congress and/or the President can make any law the majority wants them
to make. That might be more or less the case in a democracy, but its
case under our constitutional republic. The founding fathers made sure that the politicians did not get out of control once
they were in office. By constitutional law, the founding fathers provided one
more important step the elected politician must take before he takes office.
Once the individual is elected to an office, he cannot take that office until
he is bound under oath or affirmation to support the Constitution. He has no
constitutional authority to vote away the rights of one individual or group of
individuals in favor of the majority. His oath or affirmation binds him to a
duty to obey the Constitution which guarantees a republican form of government,
and guarantees each individual equal protection under the law.
While the politicians and the news media might make it appear that if a big
enough "gang" on one side of an issue gets their man elected, they can then
exercise whatever power they choose. However, Thomas Jefferson said:
In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but
bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
Who could be influencing the news media, the politicians and the public
school systems to keep referring to our country as a democracy? Regardless of
who is responsible for misleading the American people, every time the news media
or a politician refers to our country as a democracy, they should be taken to
Wikipedia describes the USA as follows:
The United States of America (USA or U.S.A.), commonly referred to as the
United States (US or U.S.), America, or simply the States, is a federal
republic. a constitutional republic.
Direct from the CIA factbook: there are only 4 constitutional
democracies: Ghana, Panama, Sierra Leone, and Suriname.
The difference between the two forms of government: a republic: Rule
by Law vs. a democracy: Rule by Majority. While a republic is a government ruled
by a Constitution -- a democracy is in essence mob rule.