Electoral Civics - The Difference Between Republic and Democracy
The Republic of The United States of America was founded in 1776. It was founded as a Republic and not a Pure Democracy, because the Founders knew that a Pure Democracy and independence cannot coexist in the long term.
One of the key differences between a republic and a democracy is the requirement for an informed electorate.
A Republic requires that suffrage be as wide as possible, while not including those who are likely to be detrimental to the continuing independence of the Republic.
As an analogy, Democracy is like theoretical mathematics, while Republic is like engineering. Theoretical mathematics is great in the laboratory, among the mathematicians. But if you tried to get those mnathematicians to build bridges, our world would fall apart very quickly. Republic is Democracy in the real world.
For example, Republic holds that felons, and those who do not have a basic understanding of the governmental system for which they are voting, are not eligible to vote. These rules enfranchise those who are not felons and who have basic understanding of the governmental system for which they are voting. These rules ensure the continued independence of the Republic.
These four multiple-choice questions are the absolute minimum that a voter should know.
1) Who is the current president of the United States of America?
2) Which party currently controls the Senate and the House of Representatives?
3) Which one of these is not one of the branches of the U.S government?
4) Who was the first president of the United States?
Let us hope that the next black president will bypass the race-baiting attacks and address the issue of returning America to Republic from the brink of Populism, where she has reached via the conduit of Democracy.
Because the next step after Populism is and always has been Tyranny.
|1:03 PM, Friday 28th October, 2011||Constitution|