We look to the government to solve all of our problems. Are we surfs? Are we all under the dominion of a monarchy?
ARE WE A DEMOCRACY?
The answer to these 4 questions should be ... NO!
We are a Republic.
Democracy from Encarta:
|de·moc·ra·cy (plural de·moc·ra·cies)|
|1. free and equal representation of people: the free and equal right of every person to participate in a system of government, often practiced by electing representatives of the people by the majority of the people|
|2. democratic nation: a country with a government that has been elected freely and equally by all its citizens|
|3. democratic system of government: a system of government based on the principle of majority decision-making|
|4. control of organization by members: the control of an organization by its members, who have a free and equal right to participate in decision-making processes|
|[Late 16th century. Directly or via French <> democratia <> dēmokratia "rule of the people" < dēmos "people" + kratos "rule"]|
Republic from Encarta:
|re·pub·lic (plural re·pub·lics)|
|1. political system with elected representatives: a political system or form of government in which people elect representatives to exercise power for them|
|2. state with elected representatives: a country or other political unit whose government or political system is that of a republic|
|3. unit within larger country: a constituent political and territorial unit of a national federation or union|
|4. group with collective interests: a group of people who are considered to be equals and who have a collective interest, objective, or vocation ( formal ) the republic of letters|
|[Late 16th century. Via French république <> res publica "public matter"]|
Now, what are we?
We are a Republic. We elect leaders to serve in our stead. We are NOT a Democracy.
Now that we have that straight, and we know we are not a monarcy, then why do we have all this discussion about what is the government going to do for me?
-End of Ramble