Connie Sigler: We are a republic


In regards to Thomas Friedman’s editorial in Thursday’s paper, I feel I must point out several errors in his statement concerning “The principle upon which our democracy is based: majority rule.”

Our country is NOT a democracy; it is a republic. And it is not based on majority rule.

A republic is a representative form of government where all people should be recognized. Note the Pledge of Allegiance: “And to the republic for which it stands.” Also note that in our Congress, we have the House of Representatives, representing not just the majority, but all people of each state.

Connie Sigler



Don Thayer 3 years, 6 months ago

Absolutely, Connie, thanks for reminding everyone. There is far too much misinformation and manipulation out there.


Clay Ogden 3 years, 6 months ago

Connie ... The United States is best described as a Democratic Republic. One is a form of governmental rule (Democracy) while the other is a type of governmental structure (Republic).

The former Soviet Union, a republic but not a democracy. India, is a democracy but not a republic.

I think Mr. Friedman's statement is valid because Democracy and Republic are not mutually exclusive.


Karl Koehler 3 years, 6 months ago

I prefer the term "post-constitutional representative republic" as the best descriptor of our current form of governance. Not my phrase, but the most accurate I've come across.


mark hartless 3 years, 6 months ago

Karl is, of course, exactly right.

It is indeed post constitutional, and that is the root of most of our problems. We have thrown away the operators manual for our country and we are now 320,000,000 cooks spoiling the stew with whatever ingredients we choose.



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