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We Are A Republic

Written by | June 17th, 2009

Democracy was started in Ancient Greece, and the word Democracy in Greek is “demos kratia,” which in English, literally means “people rule.”

Therefore, let’s not be confused or misled: here in The United States, we are not living in a true democracy. If anything, we have  a Representative form of Democracy.

In reality, we are a Republic – which is a state or a country that is not led by a monarchy, and which the people (or part of the people) have an impact on it’s government. More broadly, we are a Constitutional Republic, governed by (Constitutionally-based) laws, and by which the people are represented by elected officials.

The word Republic is derived from the Latin phrase “res publica, which is translated to English as “public thing,” or “public affair.”

Article 4, Section 4, of The United States Constitution:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,…”

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3 thoughts on “We Are A Republic

  1. markross Post author

    I read, in Ancient Greece, for about one-hundred years, each year they would literally draw 500 names of citizens, and those 500 citizens had to serve as law-makers for one year; after one year, another 500 names were selected, and so on. The votes was based on a majority rules.

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  2. Karen Kenney

    Wow! You were half right… I got to read a pretty well-researched article, then everything at TPP chat dropped out of sight. Nice looking blog Mark.

    Thank you for the interesting article too.

    Karen

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