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  •  I was watching CSPAN last weekend (2+ / 0-)
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    isabelle hayes, happymisanthropy

    (it's shown here on the BBC on Sunday afternoons), a phone in show with some professor talking about getting rid of the electoral college and having the president elected by popular vote and a Republican phoned in saying he was against that because he thought it would benefit Democrats and then stated that America is not a democracy it's a republic. I've heard a few Republicans say similar things, but never been quite sure what they mean. For me, a republic is simply a society without a monarch.

    •  The "republic" thing is a long term republican (2+ / 0-)
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      bubbajim, Roger Otip

      strategy. It serves two purposes.

      First democracy sounds more like Democrats. republic sounds like republican.  It sounds silly but it's about getting people to think in certain ways.

      Second they really don't like democratic systems of government deep down and want more authoritative power structures. The want to bring back the aristocracy in effect.

      Your average Joe republican who spews this is usually trying to prove how smart he thinks he is. So I usually respond to them in one of two ways.

      I either go the Thom Hartmann route and do him one better by saying something like: "No actually we are a constitutionally limited democratic republic."

      or I simply point out that the soviet union was a republic as is China.  Don't you think one of the main differences between us and them as that we are a democracy and they were not?

      either way usually shuts them up.

      Ask top al Qaeda leaders about Obama's foreign policy. Wait, you can't. They're dead. -Paul Begala

      by Fickle on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 02:53:04 PM PDT

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