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Is America ruled by laws Republic? or people Democracy?

The pledge says Republic but Obama is changing that darn quick!

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:32 PM on Jun. 9, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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    mamakirs

    Answer by mamakirs at 3:37 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • I am pretty sure you don't understand your question.

    Our officials are elected democratically and our laws are suggested and debated and voted on in the congress; the republic.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:48 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • That would be true if our elected officials actually listened to their constituents instead of voting party lines.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:50 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • I agree with the ladies above. It is supposed to be a democratically elected republic, but they don't have term-limits, they don't listen to the people that elected them, the do take kick backs from the lobby to push thru laws that serve the richest and ignore the poorest, they don't strategize for us, and they say they will do one thing to ensure being elected and then don't do it at all.

    Grrrrr....I hate Congress.
    urkiddingright

    Answer by urkiddingright at 3:54 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • The president is not voted democratically. And term limits is not a democratic issue.There was no term limits for president until after Roosevelt.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 4:21 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • A republic means that there is a framework of laws (The Constitution) which is above majority vote (democracy)

    We have a democratic Republic.
    democratic = citizens vote on things
    Republic = a framework of laws which everyone is subject to.

    Notice that all people who are given power - gov't officials, military - swear an oath TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. They do not swear to obey Congress or the President - that would be a monarchy. They swear to uphold the foundation of our Republic.

    If America were truthfully a democracy - without the Republic part - then a majority vote could make murder legal, or could initiate a policy that no Catholics can own property, that no blacks can vote.

    When we want to ensure against such a possibility, we put it into the Constitution so that it cannot happen.

    That's why we're a Republic: no democratic vote (majority) can overturn rules in the Constitution.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 4:23 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • The president is not voted democratically. And term limits is not a democratic issue.There was no term limits for president until after Roosevelt.

    How is the president not voted democratically? Are you saying because of the electoral vote system? But I disagree, term limits are a democratic issue, but only superficially because of our apathy as a country and their apathy as career politicians.
    urkiddingright

    Answer by urkiddingright at 4:27 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • And I agree with you, OP, that the actions of the administration have been relentlessly and astonishingly un-Constitutional. Right to property, restrictions in the Constitution on the actions a federal official or agency can legally do ... these are being ignored and flouted.

    "We won" does NOT mean "we" need not obey the Constitution.

    A sliver of a majority (only 53%) voted in a new President. A new President, NOT a new Constitution.
    For example, the gov't is creating a totally illegal bankruptcy for Chrysler: folks who actually OWN the company getting 29 cents for every dollar Chrysler owes them, but labor unions(which would normally have their labor contracts with Chrysler nullified and be re-negotiated with a new owner) receiving over 50 cents for every dollar of ownership they have in Chrysler. The gov't does NOT have the power to do this, no matter how much the unions expect payback for influencing the election
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 4:56 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • waldorfmom - but isn't that one of the contributing factors to why Ginsburg blocked the sale?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:16 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • REPUBLIC!
    beccimae

    Answer by beccimae at 5:22 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

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