"Almost all conservatives profess greatly to admire America’s founders. They also declare their allegiance to the Constitution of the United States. Yet some are also vocal in their condemnation of “democracy”, and their conviction that the United States is not a democracy but a republic.
When stated with proper precision, I understand and agree with this view. Sadly, such precision is rarely in evidence these days. This was not so when the Constitution was written. Then it was commonplace to refer to the form of government that characterized the United States as a democratic republic. This acknowledged that the people as whole represent the sovereign power by which the government is ordained and established. The provisions of government are expressions of the sovereign will of the people. In this sense, the constitution is democratic in principle, as contrasted with monarchical (one person wields sovereign power) or oligarchic or aristocratic (a favored few wield sovereign power.)
The term republic refers literally to the public things, things that belong to everyone, including those who happen to be in the minority with respect to any given decision or action taken by the people as a whole. To call a government republican means that its laws and actions take account of the common good. They are rooted in a disposition to treat all people rightly, ..." (more from Dr. Keyes)
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Citizenship, sovereignty and the assault on America’s constitutional republic - ALAN KEYES
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