politics

Democracy or Republic?

Happy Thursday, folks! This is my first political post, so be ye warned. My intention is not to bash one particular party or another, nor is it to point fingers and blow raspberries at people whom I disagree with. We are all adults here (hopefully). I think we should be able to respectfully disagree with each other when applicable. That being said, let’s dive in shall we?

Listening to the radio and the television, I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about the Constitution, its amendments and so on and so forth. I’ve heard people call the United States a democracy, while others say it’s a constitutional republic. I’ve even heard that those two particular terms are interchangeable. Are they really, though? I wanted to dive in and find the truth for myself.

According to Webster’s New World dictionary, the definition of the word ‘democracy’ is as follows:
“Government by the people, directly or through representatives.”

Okay. I read that and thought it sounded all right. Then I flipped over a few pages and looked for the word ‘republic’. Here is the definition for that:
“A state or government, specifically one headed by a president, in which the power is exercised by officials elected by the people.”

When I read that, it made so much more sense! The United States is a republic, not a democracy. There are some similarities, but the definition of democracy does not state anything about having a president. Yes, there are representatives, whom the people of the United States elect, but after we elect them, they kind of take the torch and run with it, representing our vote when an issue is decided upon. We just vote them in or vote them out.

Why there are people who are calling America a democracy, I’m not sure. Maybe they think both terms are interchangeable. Maybe they don’t really know the definitions of these words. Reaching into my dark side, maybe they figure if they say the word enough it’ll happen. I don’t know. What I do know is this: I’ve learned something! I originally went onto Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary to look them up, but both terms were so similarly worded, I was still unclear about the difference. I wondered if looking at a book instead of a screen would help, and that’s why I pulled out my handy dandy Webster’s New World Dictionary.

Now that I’ve shared a truth taco with you, I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you learned something like I did. As we head into this election year, let’s not get caught up in the emotions. Instead, let’s look for the truth. Personally, I think we’ve let our emotions get the better of us. We’ve gotten so overtaken with trying not to offend that we’ve created little monsters. Kids today are so offended by everything, but refuse to disagree respectfully. In my day, if I’d acted like some of these college students act now, my parents would have tanned my hide.

Whether you are for our President or against him, can we all agree to be respectful about our opinions? Please? For my mental health’s (and my blood pressure’s) sake? I think both political parties in our country need to step back and take a breath. Don’t let the emotions rule. How we feel about something doesn’t make it right. Truth is what matters.

That is the end of my political rant for now. I hope you don’t hate me too much. I’m on a journey for truth this year (and hopefully a job). If you’re upset, take a breath, drink some tea or coffee, and please accept this digital hug from me. *HUG* I love you all! Never stop searching for the truth.

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