Basics of Politics: American Democratic Republic versus the “True Democracy”

Basics of Politics: American Democratic Republic versus the “True Democracy”

America, a nation built from nothing on blood, sweat and tears, would eventually become a pioneer in free government. American government was set in an image of liberty and freedom for the individual and collective prosperity for the whole. How could it be than so many years later, that most American citizens are unaware of how our government works, what type we have and why it is set up the way it is. It is this, the lack of knowledge of why our government is set up, as it is that is most concerning as we see a nationwide American uprising. The truth is America is not a “true democracy,” but a democratic republic, which keeps the majority from being able to take away inalienable rights of the individual by having a constitution in place to protect those rights.

A democratic republic was set up to help protect the rights of American citizens from the potential of a tyrannical takeover. This is of no small importance; this government was for the people. To discuss the finer points of a democratic republic, we must start with the overall difference between a traditional or “true democracy,” and a republic. “In a republic, a constitution or charter of rights protects certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if it has been elected by a majority of voters. In a “pure democracy,” the majority is not restrained in this way and can impose its will on the minority.” What the left doesn’t understand is that in pushing for a “true democracy,” they are actually working against themselves and their causes. The difference between democracy and a democratic republic becomes apparent in all basic areas of our lives.

There are a few things a “true democracy,” and a democratic republic have in common free elections, and voting to bring about change are two major similarities. In a democracy, the majority always rules. Individuals, and any group of individuals who would be considered a minority to the majority have no protections or power against the larger majority. So, who ever holds the majority runs the game. In a republic, because of the acceptance of a basic set of human rights, the minority is always protected from being overrun by the majority and either completely underrepresented or not represented at all. In a democracy the majority gets to force its will upon a minority on a whim, while in a republic, no matter what the majority cannot take away those basic rights. The social structure of true democracies and democratic republics work similarly. Classes become obvious and easily identifiable typically because of capitalism and such class systems will vary by region or state.

In the case of discrimination and its prevention, in a democracy all citizens are considered to be equal parties and are supposed to be treated equally, but because of the ease of the majority ruling over the minority without any constitutional rights in place for the minority, democracy becomes ripe for the potential of a tyranny or dictatorship. In a democratic republic theoretically, as with a democracy all citizens are equal and treated equally, but, there is one important difference, the constitutional, inalienable rights of all citizens including minorities keep those minorities from being discriminated in any way. These small caveats are incredibly important because they keep the majority from steamrolling the minority. These are the built in safeguards that our democratic republic has put in place to make sure no majority can take over an entire country. Everyone carries equal weight. This means the majority political party, cant simply remove the basic rights of the minority political party.

Besides your basic human rights, and rights to being protected from being overrun by the majority in America there are a few other places that a democracy versus a democratic republic differs in important ways. In dealing with personal property, both allow for personal private property however in a democracy, the majority could place limits on private property but in a democratic republic there are actual constitutional stops in place that keep others from interfering in the property rights of others. Religion, one of the most important individual rights for people is typically supported under either structure but only the democratic republic writes in their constitution that it is prohibited to interfere with anyone’s freedom of religion, such is the case in America. In the case of individual freedom of choice, individuals are allowed to freely make choices and decisions for themselves with the constitution protecting those rights. A democracy allows its citizens freedom of choice but is still able to be overruled and or controlled by the overall majority.

There are several important differences that make it important to realize that our democratic setup is different and important and plays an instrumental role in making sure the rights of the individual are protected and the majority can never take those rights away from the minority under the law. Being a democratic republic is something worth fighting for, something worth understanding, and something worth protecting.

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