We Live In A Republic: Article Analysis

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1.) In the first article they author is saying that we live in a republic and the definition that was given was a system where people choose representatives who make decisions for them. In the beginning, it stated that we say we live in a democracy but we actually live in a republic. The article states that democracy means the government derives their power from the people and is accountable to them for the use of that power but really, we are a republic. James Madison observed that we were trying to refine and enlarge the public views by choosing certain people (representatives) who truly care and share the same values as them. In the constitution, it was said that the United States was intended to be a republic and not a democracy. The Pledge …show more content…
The author gave two us two different definitions of a democracy, direct and representative. Direct democracy is when everyone takes part in making a decision, and representative democracy is when people elect representatives to make decisions and laws. Beginning with the constitution, we were made to be a republic but over the past two centuries have changed into a democracy, a representative democracy, which they also call it, a democratic republic. He states that after the British we defeated a centralized, a national government was seen by George Washington and wanted to steer the country away from democracy to keep the rich in control. The senate was appointed to by legislatures and not by the people and the president was chosen by the Electoral College and the only the House of Representatives were elected. The article mainly talks about slavery at the end and how only men can vote. In the last paragraph he states that the defect in our democracy is how the winner is picked by the with the most dollars but we should work to fix that and we should not be so discouraged. I agree with this article because I do think that over the past couple of centuries we have changed into a democracy and, as the author …show more content…
It said that even in the framing era many of the founding fathers like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, recognized the word representative democracy next to pure democracy. He says that there is not really a way we should just label our government a republic because everything really points it to be a type of democracy. I rather disagree with this article because it did not really give any reason for our government to be a democracy other than the fact that some of our founding fathers called it that but other than that it does seem like a republic

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