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Merriam-Webster defintions


noun \di-ˈmä-krə-sē\
plural de·moc·ra·cies

a : government by the people;

b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos (people) + -kratia (rule) -cracy
First Known Use: 1576


noun \ri-ˈpə-blik\
Definition of REPUBLIC

1 a (1) : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president
(2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government

Origin of REPUBLIC
French république, from Middle French republique, from Latin respublica, from res thing, wealth + publica, feminine of publicus public — more at real, public
First Known Use: 1604


I see nothing about all Republics having "the rule of law" and all Democracies having "the rule of the majority". I could take you to plenty of Republics and Democracies in the world that don't have either.

This why nations like the United KINGDOM still have free elections and the rule of law when they're NOT Republics, and places like the REPUBLIC of Cuba can rule by military regime and lock up dissidents without a constitution for years.

Any political science class in America would be happy to confirm that for you. You'd flunk if you answered an essay question with "What is a Republic?" with "a nation with checks and balances and the rule of law".

398 posted on 12/18/2010 8:24:49 PM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy

Again, ad nausea, WE are NOT a “Democratic Republic.” We are a CONSTITUTIONAL Republic. That is how our government is structured. A representative constitutional republic, based on federalism, and governed by the RULE OF LAW... or, more exactly, “A” rule of Law. That “rule” is the Constitution. Not withstanding its perversion and diminution by individuals such as your self, it still remains factual to assert That ‘The Constitution for the united States of America’ is the single and first controlling document of our representative Republic.

The Constitution is THE supreme LAW of this nation, not some Progressive majority in Congress, not some sitting elitist majority on the Court, and most assuredly not any usurping bastard and his cabal of czars in the Executive.

The Constitution forms THE foundation upon which this Republic and the People rest their fates... Not upon “Democracy, nor upon “Democratic government,” nor upon French, Greek or Roman definitions by which you attempt to color the argument. “By the consent of the governed.” But what have we who are so governed given our consent to? Democracy? NO! It is our consent to the Rule of Law under the SUPREME LAW that is The Constitution... That august document is that to which we give our consent. Not to a majority, and certainly not to a Democracy—or any shade of the thing.

That you quote me definitions from a dictionary is ludicrous on its face! What will you cite me next? Wikipedia?

You wish to muddy the waters, as do other dupes of the socialists, who take great pains to claim us a “democracy,” or some derivative thereof, at every opportunity.

As I stated previous: READ what the FOUNDERS had to say about Democracies. They despised them. Show me, if you can, where the word Democracy, or Democratic, appears in ANY of our FOUNDING documents. I challenge you to do so. You will return empty handed.

In 1789, what did Benjamin Franklin remark to his female inquisitor, as he was leaving the Convention Hall,when she queried: “Well Doctor Franklin, what have you wrought us?” To which he replied: “A Republic, madam, IF you can keep it!” Note he did NOT use the term “Democratic Republic” — for if any man were to be so bold, it would have been Franklin. He would not mince his words. Unlike the charlatans of today, those men, better men, said what they meant, and meant what they said.

Now, go play word games with some other, I tire of your nonsense.

453 posted on 12/20/2010 7:47:57 PM PST by TCH (DON'T BE AN "O-HOLE"! ... DEMAND YOUR STATE ENACT ITS SOVEREIGNTY !When a majority of the American)
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