Is America a Democracy?

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#1 Posted by Jebus213 (8891 posts) -

Is it or is it not?

#2 Posted by BossPerson (9473 posts) -

It has democratic stuctures and procedures in place.

Whether or not the real will of the people is being acted upon is a different story.

inb4we are supposed to be a 'republic'

The US is supposed to be a representative democracy. When Madison said 'democracy' he meant direct Rousseau-style democracy

#3 Posted by VanHelsingBoA64 (5455 posts) -
sort of
#4 Posted by Rich3232 (2754 posts) -

supposedly

#5 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -
What on God's green earth are those people doing in your sig and avatar?
#6 Posted by thegerg (15422 posts) -
democratic republic
#7 Posted by coolbeans90 (21305 posts) -

It is a constitutional republic which extensively utilizes representative democracy in selecting its leaders.

#8 Posted by sonicare (53485 posts) -

It's a republic not a democracy.

#9 Posted by BossPerson (9473 posts) -

It's a republic not a democracy.

sonicare

ahhhhhhhhh

a republic simply means you dont have a monarchy.

We are a representative democracy.

A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking. Let us examine the points in which it varies from pure democracy, and we shall comprehend both the nature of the cure and the efficacy which it must derive from the Union.

#10 Posted by thegerg (15422 posts) -
inb4we are supposed to be a 'republic'

The US is supposed to be a representative democracy. When Madison said 'democracy' he meant direct Rousseau-style democracy

BossPerson
Our Constitution says otherwise.
#11 Posted by coolbeans90 (21305 posts) -

IT'S NOT A REPUBLIC

IT'S FIFTY REPUBLICS

omg u knooblets read ur pocket constitutions

#12 Posted by leviathan91 (7763 posts) -

No. It's a Republic that's suppose to safegaurd the individual from the tyranny of the government and even the majority.

#13 Posted by -Sun_Tzu- (17384 posts) -
What on God's green earth are those people doing in your sig and avatar?ghoklebutter
It's suppose to be art
#14 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
No. It is essentially an oligarchy.
#15 Posted by Blue-Sky (10331 posts) -

Pretty sure it's a Plutocracy.