Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Republic Vs Democracy

One of my biggest annoyances is that everyone refers to our country as a democracy. It's not, it's a republic, and it's an important distinction. In fact I believe our country has become too democratic and moved too far away from the republican ideals that formed our nation. The best example is the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment changed the way in which U.S. Senators were elected. Prior to the amendment the Senators were chosen by the States, after it they were elected by popular vote. If I was ever elected president, my first move would be to introduce an amendment to repeal the 17th Amendment.

Walter Williams is disturbed by the evolution of our nation from a republic towards a democracy also. (link)

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