Thursday, September 8, 2011

Is the US a Democracy or a Constitutional Republic?

When I was a young boy a visiting relative asked me if the US was a democracy or a republic.  I said democracy.  The led to a 30 minute lecture on why we are a constitutional republic.  She was correct, of course.  The founders never intended for the US to be a democracy.  They feared democracy because a true democracy does not have safeguards to protect liberty.  Here is a well done video from the Bill of Rights Institute.

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