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I don't know why you are being down voted. It is true that America is a republic and not a pure democracy. A republic doesn't just mean no monarch. A republic is different from a pure democracy because it explicitly protects the rights of minorities through a constitution. That is why the Supreme Court can rule that state laws banning gay marriage are unconstitutional, and therefore cannot exist.



He's being down-voted because he's wrong; the US is a democracy, and a republic, and it has a constitution. Each of these things means something different but they are all true.

> A republic doesn't just mean no monarch.

Yes it does.

> A republic is different from a pure democracy because it explicitly protects the rights of minorities through a constitution.

Not true; a constitutional system does that, but that has nothing to do with being a republic. Many republics have no such protections. You're conflating a constitutional government with a republic. Republic means nothing more than no monarchy. There are lots of republics in the world, they don't all protect minorities through a constitution or even have a constitution because that's not what the word republic means.


"res publica".

A republic is a society in which the interests of the people are represented by elected or appointed officials who do not inherit their positions.


Yes, that's what it means to say "no monarchy". When positions are inherited that's a royal class.


A republic is really whatever someone feels like it means.

Madison really liked the term as a way of distinguishing Roman democracy from Athenian, but there's no hard definition, or in practice there hasn't been.

Ancient Rome, the UK, Venice, North Korea, the US are all "republics".




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