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  • A republic.

    7 36.84%
  • A mixture of the two(explain)/other

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    What is America?

    Are we a democracy? A republic? A mixture?

    This question arose in this thread: http://www.debatepolitics.com/dating...post1059711668

    Basically, what are we?

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    Re: What is America?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Are we a democracy? A republic? A mixture?

    This question arose in this thread: http://www.debatepolitics.com/dating...post1059711668

    Basically, what are we?
    We are technically a republic. A real democracy is one where the the people vote on every issue. In some ways that can be better than a republic, but you have to have constitutional limits to avoid the tyranny of the majority. Notice, I said technically a republic, because I think right now we are a plutocracy.

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    Re: What is America?

    I believe America is a democratic republic. Which just basically means that we have a representative democracy. Rather than everyone voting on every issue, we elect representatives to vote on those issues for us (mostly.)

    To answer your question, I think we're a bit of both.
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    Re: What is America?

    We are a democratic republic. Its pretty obvious..


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    Re: What is America?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    We are a democratic republic. Its pretty obvious..
    Not so to some, as that argument in the link continues...

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    Re: What is America?

    A set of two continents.
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    Re: What is America?

    We're officially a democratic republic, but in reality we're more of a corporatism.
    For: legalizing drugs, gay marriage, abortion, guns, universal health care, public sector jobs, nuclear power, free education, progressive taxation
    Against: corporations, make-work, the 40 hour work week, intellectual property, imperialism, "homeland security," censorship

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    Re: What is America?

    Republican Plutocracy.
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    Re: What is America?

    America is a Constitutional, Democratic, Republic, but America is an idea of hopes and dreams.

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    Re: What is America?

    we are a democratic republic under a constitution
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