Do we live in the world’s greatest democracy? Or do we live in the world’s greatest republic? Think about it. Then recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Go ahead; we’ll wait.
There’s more: Nowhere in the Constitution will you find the word”democracy,” or anything about democratic government. That’s because the Founders and the Framers had done their research, and learned that, down through history, every democracy had the endemic and fatal flaw of being, by definition, a tyranny – a tyranny of the majority. (By the way, socialism isn’t even that; it’s the tyranny of the select very few at the top.) A republic, on the other hand, retains to the people, i.e., its citizens, the ultimate power – including that of reminding the holders of the powers delegated to them that they do so only with our consent and approval. As the Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” And further, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” And “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”