The United States is too a democracy!

Every couple of days someone comes up with the claim that the United States is not a democracy. It's ridiculous.

There isn't a country on Earth that is a pure democracy (where every decision is voted on by the people), because it would be totally unworkable. Every democratic country is a representative democracy, where you vote for someone to represent you in the government.

The United States is a Republic (like many other countries around the world), but it is a Democratic Republic.

From the Oxford English Dictionary:

Republic: "A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch."

Democracy: "A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives."

The essential part of a democracy is that you get to vote to change (or keep) the direction of your country. If you freely elect your leaders, you live in a democracy.

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The United States is too a democracy!
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