Am I the only one who gets really annoyed when people say, "the U.S. is not a democracy, it's a republic?"?

They think they sound smart but it shows their lack of education. For those who don't know, a republic is a form of democracy. 

11 Answers

  • wjstix
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    As noted, a "republic" is just a country without a king. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and today's China and North Korea are is the U.S. A democracy is a country where directly or indirectly (through elected representatives) people get to take part in their government. Britain is not a republic; Canada is not a republic; but both are democracies.

  • John H
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Don't know where YOU were educated, but this country was founded as a REPUBLIC with democratic elements ( election of the House of Representatives ) included.

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    This is why those with a sounder understanding will use the phrase "open democracy" instead.

  • Clive
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    A republic is not a form of democracy.  It merely means "not a monarchy".  North Korea is a republic but it clearly isn't democratic.  The same goes for anywhere that has tried being communist.  (Mind you, as their leader always comes from the same family, it's pretty much a monarchy, but for the moment let's accept the official view that it isn't.)

    The USA allows its citizens to have a say in who governs, expressed in free elections, and it doesn't have a king.  Which makes it a democratic republic.  You need both words to describe it fully as a republic is not necessarily democratic.  And I do get annoyed with all those answerers who claim it isn't a democracy.  What are all those elections for if it's not democratic?

    Yes, there appears to be an ignorant view amongst Americans that democracy is only when the people get to vote on everything.  Of course this isn't practical so you have a representative democracy.

    Now the UK has representative democracy but it's certainly not a republic.  See?  They don' necessarily go together.

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  • 10 months ago


  • 10 months ago

    Rome was Republic, at least for a while. It was not a Democracy. Athens was a Democracy but not a Republic. The US is a Democratic Republic. In other words a Democracy wrapped inside of a Republic, the way the Framers of the Constitution wanted.

  • 10 months ago

    It's particularly annoying because when we were in school, we were taught that we lived in a democracy. That that meant that people had a say in how the country was governed. We were taught that democracy started in Greece, and wasn't it wonderful that our Founding Fathers based our government system on Greek Democracy!  Now, snide Republics try to justify the fact that our President was not elected by a majority of the people by saying "we're a Republic, not a democracy." Even in a republic, the will of the people is supposed to matter. 

  • 10 months ago

    You are correct. 


    The United States has been classed as a “flawed democracy”, falling short of the threshold of a fully democratic society for the second year running, according to a comprehensive new report.

    The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) produces an annual review ranking countries on their adherence to 60 distinct democratic values, including electoral processes and press freedom.

    The US scored of 7.98 out of 10 last year, dropping into the flawed democracy category for the first time. The change reflected what the report said was “a sharp fall in popular confidence in the functioning of public institutions”. This predated and aided the election of Donald Trump, according to the think-tank.

    In the seven presidential elections since 1992, the Republican candidate has won the popular vote just once but has prevailed in the Electoral College three times — and the trends show that the Democrats' edge in the popular vote may be growing.

  • ricky
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    And our form of democracy is called a Republic. I’ll bet your ancestors got annoyed will people claiming the world is round, not flat. Maybe you’re not really annoyed, just insecure in your incorrect positions.

  • 10 months ago

    The USA is a representative republic based on democratic principles and the rule of law. 

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