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?