The American Democratic Republic

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“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Although the United States is moving toward a more democratic political system, the framers of the constitution aimed at creating a republic government. The word democracy is never even mentioned in the United States Constitution. Our modern government is a blend of both democratic and republican ideals called the American Democratic Republic. When the founding fathers of the United States met together to create a new government system, they had imagined a system that limited government power and protected the rights of the individuals. The framers wanted popular …show more content…
Previous doctrines that also helped aide the framers in giving certain rights to the citizens of the United States. The idea of trial by a jury of your peers was taken from the Magna Carta of 1215. (pg.6) The English Bill of Rights of 1689 prohibited cruel and unusual punishment. (pg. 6) Because republican and democratic systems are similar in outward appearances, it is easy to understand why a lot of people are confused in thinking the American government is a democracy. The United States is not a true democracy but a blend of a republic and democratic system. Both systems are based on government by popular consent, and have many similar attributes but with specific details of ideology that set them apart from each other. Both systems also believe in safeguarding the rights of individuals but democracy has an emphasis on property rights. A republic is ruled by the people through layers of representatives that are elected to act on the behalf of the common good. While democracy is ruled by the people also, it can either be directly or indirectly. (pg. 17)
Direct democracy is a system of government in which all the citizens of a community meet together on a regular basis to solve problems or make decisions for the community as a whole. This type of government was evident in ancient Athens. It, however, is only possible in small communities where the people