Aren't you puzzled about this?
So often we hear from news commentators or politicians that the United States is a democracy. My question is, Is it a democracy or a republic?
I came across these interesting words
"The United States of America is not a democracy; and there is a big difference between the two. A pure democracy is based solely on the majority without any restrictions on what the majority can do. An excellent example of a democracy is a lynch mob. The majority wants to hang the person, and the minority, the person to be hanged, does not want to be hanged. They have a vote, and then hang the person. In a pure democracy, the minority is the victim of the majority.
In contrast, a Republic is founded on a set of laws that govern what the majority can and cannot do. The law on which the United States' Republic is founded is the Constitution. For instance, the Constitution says, "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exerice thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.--First Amendment to the Constitution.
If a law is proposed in Congress to set up a national religion, and everyone in Congress voted for it, it still cannot be done, because the Constitution prohibits this type of law. The Constitution says that the government is not permitted to pass any law concerning religion.
So the word "democracy" cannot be found in the Constitution or in the Declaration of Independence, or in any of the state's constitutions. Many of the founders of the United States tried to warn about the dangers of a pure democracy. " The Enemy Unmasked, by Bill Hughes, p.50,51.
What say you?
Would appreciate a reply.