Democracy or Republic?

“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.

—Beetle Blogger


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