For some wacky reason, at every liberal blog I visit and some conservative ones, there is always at least one comment that “we used to live in a democracy!” or “Chimpy is destroying our democracy,” or “We can shut the war down because this is a democracy and that’s what the people want to do,” “this is a democracy and that’s why we’ll never let them get our guns,” and so on.
Wrong. Where did these people go to school? The United States of America is not now and never has been a democracy. We are a constitution-based federal republic. No need to take my word, or the CIA World Factbook’s word. Even the Wikipedia agrees, along with every encyclopedia I’ve ever seen. Go to the library and look it up.
Why is that better than a democracy? Well, Thomas Jefferson (who actually said that dissent is “a great evil“, not “the highest form of patriotism”) said this about democracy:
I’ll take the constition-based federal republic, thanks.
[Update: Perri Nelson has a good article on this, including how the Wiki has been manipulated on this topic. I link to Wiki occasionally because it’s convenient and sometimes accurate, but it’s worth noting that just because it was accurate once, doesn’t mean it will stay that way. The comments are excellent too, with some references to other good articles.
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