|Posted: 03 October 2021 at 11:53am | IP Logged | 5
The Trumpers follow their "America is NOT a democracy" chants with "America is a REPUBLIC"!! Of course, I don't think they understand either of those things.
Actually, while true, the United States IS a republic - it nonetheless facilitates its republican form of government THROUGH democratic means for the most part.
For example, we the people don't directly elect our President, however we do, by virtue of DIRECTLY ELECTED state legislators, DIRECTLY ELECT slates of electors (the Electoral College) who in turn elect the President - all by simple majority votes. Some might call this "indirect" democracy, but it is democracy nonetheless. We also directly elect by majority vote our federal Representatives and now also our Senators. Only our third branch of government - the Judiciary is insulated from direct electoral politics - thank goodness!!
At the state level, which the US Constitution also mandates we have small-r republican forms of government; the executive, legislative and even the judiciaries in many instances all utilize direct democracy to facilitate their operation.
However, explaining all this to the simple-minded, excuse me, I mean your average MAGA fanatic is no easy task! It's like explaining the very well established and respected English common law tradition of "judge-made law" to your supposed Constitutional conservatives of today. Everything has been reduced to "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" type slogans.
Edited by Marc Baptiste on 03 October 2021 at 12:26pm