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What's the difference between a Democracy and a Constitutional Republic?  Which is the...

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 16, 2009 at 1:43 AM via web

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What's the difference between a Democracy and a Constitutional Republic?  Which is the United States?

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jilllessa | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 19, 2009 at 9:06 AM (Answer #2)

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A true democracy would be a state which is actually governed by its citizens.  Ancient Athens was a democracy because major issues were decided in council by all of the eligible voters in the city.  True Democracy is unworkable except in a very small state.  The closest thing in America is the Town Meeting some of which are still held in small towns across our country. A Constitutional Republic is a  single state in which the officials of the state are elected by the people.  In truth the United States is really neither.  We are a Federal Republic which is a state which consists of a federal (or central) government with established self governing sub-units (we call them states) where  the officials of both are elected by the people.

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