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Response to X_Digger (Reply #22)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 12:47 AM

27. The United States is a democracy, according to the Constitution of 1787.

 

First three words: We the people.

That is the sovereign, or in other words: a democracy.

"The people" are referred to in the Constitution about six or eight times. I'm not sure how often "republic" occurs, maybe twice.

There is no dichotomy between the idea of republic and that of democracy.

Furthermore, the Constitution does not set up a representative republic. You may call it that, since words are variably defined, but in this system only winners get to represent.

Given that plurality elects and second and third and fourth place don't get jack shit in representation, a majority of voters are often cut out of being represented.

Finally, let's remember that even in Soilsville, there are people who think differently from the majority. The interests of rural or urban areas are not cut and dried, and in fact it's not areas that have interests, but people.

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