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2020-10-23 -Land of the Free
Of Course We're Not A Democracy
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Posted by 746 2020-10-23 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6464 views ]  Top

#1 During the recent vice presidential debate, I pointed out on Twitter that our form of government in the United States is not a democracy, but a republic.

Technically its designed as a republic, but its an oligarchy in execution.
Posted by Procopius2k 2020-10-23 06:59||   2020-10-23 06:59|| Front Page Top

#2 ...on the road to Banana Republic status.
Posted by Clem 2020-10-23 07:27||   2020-10-23 07:27|| Front Page Top

#3  but its an oligarchy in execution.

It was then, too — originally the vote was limited by most states to those who owned property or paid taxes. It’s just that we had better oligarchs.
Posted by trailing wife 2020-10-23 11:34||   2020-10-23 11:34|| Front Page Top

#4 ...if you venn diagram it, those incorporated into the militia and those who could vote was pretty tight in 1792.
Posted by Procopius2k 2020-10-23 11:39||   2020-10-23 11:39|| Front Page Top

#5 Re #3: Early America at least in the middle and northern colonies was not oligarchic. A majority of free males owned property in colonial America and could therefore vote.

"Oligarchs" refers not to property owners generally but to a tiny number of extraordinarily wealthy citizens exercising control over the government. Not an accurate description of America before the days of the Robber Barons.
Posted by Glolugum Pheaper6151 2020-10-23 12:32||   2020-10-23 12:32|| Front Page Top

#6 To point out the US is a republic, not a democracy just gets you called out as a small-minded pedant who hates democracy, by people who don't actually know the what the words republic, democracy or pedant actually mean.
Posted by M. Murcek 2020-10-23 14:02||   2020-10-23 14:02|| Front Page Top

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