Do Americans Want a Democracy?

I wrote a post a few days ago, The Electoral College and the E.U.. I realize now and when I wrote it, that the U.S. is based upon a Representative Republic. Yet, many corrected me on my summation in the post. No harm, no foul. That’s the beauty of writing and having others weigh in, it helps to move the conversation along.

Many were quick to correct me that America is not a democracy.

If America is a Representative Republic and if the goal of Americans is to maintain our representative republic, then where do polls come into the mix?

If America is a representative republic, then why would polls even matter? The purpose of polls, is to show where the “majority” of Americans position themselves on any particular issue. Thereby, the most “logical” course of action would be to transform into a democracy, since the majority of polls show that the majority of Americans are “here” on “X” issue.

So, democracy is a popularity contest and a representative republic maintains the freedoms of the smallest minority (psst, it’s the individual, not any certain group). In a democracy, majority rule.

-?- So, I ask, are we a democracy or a representative republic?

-?- Where do you fall, on the importance of polls?

-?- Can America be both, a representative republic and a democracy, if so, how so?

If America is a representative republic, then that would explain why governance is so difficult.

If Americans want a democracy, then governance would be much easier.

-?- Do you want governance to be easy or hard?


16 thoughts on “Do Americans Want a Democracy?

  1. I want the government to represent the wishes of the people, not the corporations and special interest groups with the most money.

    Complicated questions with no simple answers. With our population and diversity, any form of government beyond city level (even that’s tough in larger cities) is going to be complicated.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      It is, as it should be in my opinion, Granny. Who do our representatives, represent? Do we abide by majority rule, or does the individual maintain their freedom and rights?

      Do you think we are a democracy or a republic?

      1. We’re obviously not a democracy when the majority doesnt win.
        We’re supposed to be a republic but the federal government has too much power. Our population is too large for each individual’s desires to really matter beyond local level. The bill of rights is supposed to protect the individual.

        Its complicated, which IS good. Imagine how much easier it would be for a dictator to declare him/her self a “living god” without the “checks and balances” (which are already stretched)

  2. I liked the Articles of Confederation. The power remained at the state level with the states loosely tied together for mutual benefit. Power corrupts and, absolute power corrupts…absolutely.

    There are lies, damn lies and statistics. Polls are in there, somewhere.

    We were set up as a Republic. We are lurching towards a Socialist Democracy. People have been mind-fucked into believing that socialism is the magic pill for “equality”. They don’t want equal opportunities. They want equal outcomes. They fail to grasp that, the very gov they expect to “handle” the socialist programs for them, don’t care about either…equal opportunities OR equal outcomes. They care about their power structures, only.

    Useful idiots are their favorite pets.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      You’re exactly right Victoria. Free college directly translates to free degrees. Not simply a free shot at attaining a degree.

      The “useful idiots” is the Crown’s guard. The kingdom is only as strong as it’s ability to silence dissenters.

  3. Australia could be called a “representative constitutional monarchy”. Our House of Representative and Senate are elected in a similar fashion to yours (barring your backwards voting system), meaning the winner of the national vote is not necessarily the winner. And in a constitutional referendum, the proposed alteration to the constitution must be voted for by not only the majority of people nationwide, but also the majority of people in the majority of states.

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