View Full Version : minimal knowledge required to vote
08-01-2004, 02:07 PM
Just wondering if there should be a minimal knowledge requirement to vote in political elections? Most democrats I ask say democracy while most republicans say republic.
08-01-2004, 04:08 PM
I'm democratic and the USA is a republic. It's pretty clear cut. I guess you could say it's a "democratic republic" but the bottom line is it's a lot closer to a republic then a democracy.
A democracy would be where everyone votes on everything. This isn't feasible for such a big country or basically anywhere where the population is more than 10-15k and even that's pushing it.
The Electoral College selects the president and the members of congress along with the president make most major decisions, therefore it is a republic, the only difference is that the people making the decisions (with the exception of the president) are elected by the people.
08-01-2004, 04:46 PM
"I pledge alliegance to the flag and the United States of America and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, for liberty and justice for all"
republic- representatives make the laws
democracy- people make the laws
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