There are some people in America that believe or ignorantly think that our form of government is a democracy, and that’s simply incorrect. Our Founding Fathers often stated that democracy is tyranny, and that is why, they gave us a Republic. The word democracy is never found in our constitution. Does our pledge of allegiance say to ‘the democracy for which it stands,’ or does it say to ‘the republic for which it stands’? We are a Republic.



Johan Adams highlights the difference between the two:


You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.’ Nothing in our Constitution suggests that government is a grantor of rights. Instead, government is a protector of rights.”


In a democracy those God-given rights can be taken away if the majority rules for that right to be taken away from you.

So what’s the difference?


In a Republic the government makes its affairs according to the law of the land – the Constitution. The Constitution limits the power of Government and ensuring some rights and protection to minorities and individuals. [1] Therefore, we are not a democracy. We are Republic with democratic principles, that is why we elect politicians (people) to represent us.

In a Democracy majority rules trumping the right of the individual.

The video below further explains all this:


Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “”Well, Doctor, what have we got?” – Mrs. Powel

Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”


1: Democracy vs Republic



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