“The United States is not a ‘democracy,’ it is ‘a Republic.’”

This is such a frustratingly ill-informed argument that the other side needs a simple link to address it. So here it is —remember it:


Yes, it is true, the Framers meant to establish “a Republic.”

Yes, we are a Republic,

which means,

Yes, we are a “representative democracy,”

which means (on the logic of “a Ford truck is a truck”)

Yes we are “a democracy.”

We are just not a direct democracy—and I don’t know anyone who ever said that we are (and I’d be happy to join with anyone to argue we should not be).

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law professor, activist.

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