Democracy vs. Constitutional Republic
They are directly related, though distinctly different.
In our society today, where everything from top to bottom, and front to back is politicized beyond belief, there is an astonishing amount of criticism and judgement that takes place before a person even opens their mouth. If I am wearing my favorite “USA” cap, I’m automatically labeled a patriot, and of course today that is a nasty word because patriots are not those who cherish our Constitution. No! Patriots are all right-wing crazy people… aren’t they? (Sigh). Here in New York, things are so politicized that even something as mundane as the color of the sweater you threw on as you ran out the door to go to your child’s school event could trigger some to think, or worse yet to say, “How could she possibly wear that color sweater to a school function!?” (Heavier sigh).
What’s equally as disheartening is that there has been a very clear shift (read “re-defining) of the actual meaning of words. Thanks in great part to the mainstream media (the alphabet criminals as some people call CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC etc.), there has been a re-working of the English language to suit their needs and promote their propaganda. I call it “word salad”. Example, there are no more “master bedrooms” in New York homes. Now they are referred to by the woke realtors as “primary bedrooms”. And don’t call yourself a “new mother” if you just gave birth in NYC - no, no, you are a “lactating person”. No joke folks. I got that tidbit of information directly from a friend of mine who is an OB/GYN in Manhattan. (Side note: Is this going on in other states, or is it just in dystopian New York?)
One word salad victim that is the topic of this article and is certainly worth noting for its legal implications is the definition of democracy, and particularly in relation to our form of government. Of course Americans know, or should know even despite the lack of constitutional classes in our schools, that the United States of America is a constitutional republic. This means we have a constitution that governs how our republican form of government runs. Note, here the word “republican” does not mean the political party. It means a representative form of government, and it is guaranteed in Article IV of our Constitution which states in part:
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…
However, what many do not know, or fail to realize, is that even a constitutional republic is a form of democracy. In other words, there are elements of a constitutional republic that operate as a democracy. Hence the interchangeability of those words.