“A Republic, if you can keep it.”
As Benjamin Franklin left Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention, he was asked by a woman on the street:
“Sir, what have you given us? A Republic or a Monarchy?”
“A Republic!” Franklin replied, “If you can keep it.”
In the Pledge of Allegiance we all pledge allegiance to our Republic, not to a democracy. “Republic” is the proper description of our government, not “democracy.”
Which is better? Why?
A republic and a democracy are identical in every aspect except one. In a republic the sovereignty is in each individual person. In a democracy the sovereignty is in the group.
But as this video points out, there are some interesting trends regarding Democracy that make it unstable. An interesting view.