The Pledge Of Allegience....
I Pledge Allegience To The Flag Of The United States Of America, And To The Republic For Which It Stands, One Nation Under God, INDIVISIBLE, With Liberty, And Justice For All!
Q. So, a republic is a system in which the laws are passed and decisions made by the elected representatives of the people, right?
Q. Is this a republic?
A. No, it's a democracy.
But, but...a democracy is a government wherein decisions are made by the masses of the people rather than by elected representatives.
Q. So...Which is it?
A. Well, Thomas Jefferson said--its both--a Democraticrepublic.
Because the system allows the masses of qualified voters to participate in the election of their officials (democracy) and then the people's elected representatives enact the laws and administer the affairs of the people under majority rule but with the equal protection of individual rights (a republic).
Q. So then it "is" a democracy.
No. The only part of the American system which is borrowed from "democracy" is the popular election of government officials. Except for this, the Founders strongly emphasized the "republican aspects" of the American system. A republic places the responsibility for sound government and decisionÂmaking on the people's elected representatives rather than allowing the fluctuating and superficial emotions of the people to override law and order or the rights of minorities. The classical example of government functioning on republican principles and prevailing over "pure democracy" would be the case of a sheriff protecting a prisoner against a lynch mob.
Q. So what is the Hegelian Dialect?
A. The 'think tank' behind the whole operation.
"Clarity is a bitch" -- Gerald Smith "Trick of Integration"