Why a democratic republic and not democracy?

Our system of government is not a true democracy, where each decision would be made by popular vote of all the citizens.  It is a democratic republic.  We have a constitution and the people of each state elect representatives who then represent them in national issues and national law.  This system acts as a buffer against radical changes in national policy based on fads, whims, and minority factions.  This is the stability in our nation.  We all know someone who should count to 10 before they react;  Our system is a national way of counting to 10 before we change.  This is a wonderful system with over 200 years of history.  Right now, Bellingham is a shining example of how this system works.  There is a minority faction currently labeling themselves “troops home now.”   In spite of all the tactics they are employing they don’t seem to be causing a change in our nation.  Last night they were on the Liberal Outpost complaining that they keep trying the proper legislative route and are not “being heard”  So they are getting anyone who will listen involved to try and get some traction.  They have local media i.e. KGMI and the Herald (see below) on their side and yet nothing seems to be happening.  This is the beauty of our system in action.  A minority faction group cannot seize the channels of power and usurp every other citizens right to have their vote count.

Here are excerpts from the the first 3 letter in the opinion section.

This letter is to strongly urge the Bellingham City Council to join 70 other American cities by passing a resolution to demand that Bush bring the troops home.
This insanity will not stop until we at the local level say it must. I urge the City Council to pass the Troops Home resolution.
I urge all citizens of Bellingham to tell our City Council to vote for the Troops Home resolution

Anyone notice the obvious seminar tag word.  URGE  Nope, no bias here.

KGMI’s Liberal Outpost with Joe Teehan gave air time to this same group last night citing a recent poll as impetus for bringing them on.

WELCOME TO THE PAGE FOR THE LIBERAL OUTPOSTOctober 4, 2006 Recent polls show that 60 percent of Americans think the Occupation of Iraq is going poorly, and the invasion itself was a mistake.  And a majority also say that “losing” in Iraq won’t adversely affect the “war on terror.”  In that light, we welcome some parents of local soldiers either serving or who have served in Iraq who support a resolution urging that our troops be withdrawn. KGMI 790 AM NewsTalk Radio

Is this the recent poll?  March?  It’s now October.  Let’s see March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October.  Yup that’s recent, in a very big picture.  Why didn’t you show some integrity and just say you wanted them on because you agree with their cause?

A March CNN/USAToday/Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans surveyed say things are going “poorly” in Iraq, with 57 percent saying that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was a mistake.Scoop Antiwar Groups Target Flawed Corporate Media

What a classic poll to quote for your show.  I won’t disagree with your 60% figure. I would also say things are going poorly, but because we are not being aggressive enough versus we should be packing up and leaving.  By the way the same poll asked a question specifically about leaving:

14. Here are four different plans the U.S. could follow in dealing with the war in Iraq. Which ONE do you prefer?

Withdraw immediately Withdraw in 12 months’ time Withdraw, take as many years as needed Send more troops No opinion
2006 Mar 10-12 19 35 39 4 3


Guess what?  Only 19% said to withdraw immediately.  Hard to see that as support for the troops home now.   Is it possible that legislators are hearing the group, but are also hearing the other 4 out of 5 Americans that don’t favor bugging out right now.

And what classic poll is complete without the “have you stopped beating your wife yet” question.

20. Do you think the Bush administration deliberately misled the American public about whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, or not?USATODAY.com

Is the assumption that he did mislead the public and the question is whether it was deliberate or not?  Or is the question a choice between not misleading or deliberately misleading?  I think the question is misleading?

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One Response to “Why a democratic republic and not democracy?”

  1. Tommasa says:

    Love the advice. Thank you.