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[–] Burrito 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

People take the fact that we can vote to be synonymous with "we're a democracy" for some reason.

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[–] RunsWithScissors 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Every non-anarchy system is the rule of law. Cuba has the rule of law.

Democracy is broadly defined as "rule of the people" and a Republic is "rule of the states." Some of those states might be ruled by the people, but representation isn't necessarily part of what makes a Republic.

What changed in the US is that we switched to directly electing every branch of government except the Supreme Court. While Senators and the President used to be elected by member governments, they are not directly elected. Additionally, while land ownership was an initial requirement in some states, today member states of the US must have universal suffrage.

Finally, many States offer a direct referendum system, by which laws and constitutional amendments are approved directly by the people, without legislative interference.

Those things, combined, mean the US is much more democratic than originally envisioned. That's why we call it a "democracy."

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[–] crackers1097 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's a representative democracy.

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[–] NedTaggart 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Came here to say this. I'm going to add that we are a representative republic. We vote for local representatives, and at best state representatives.

If you want to be terrified, and have a sample of what the people "vote" for, then take a look at the current state of TV and music industry. Look at the stories that get all the ratings in the 24hr news cycle.

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[–] metavurt 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

To be fair, remember that what's fed to the people is controlled from up on high. So.... if you've only been raised on crap, and you only know about crap, then what you're going to vote for, because you've ended up liking it, is crap.

One would literally have to be raised without so much influence of mainstream in order to mature into someone with a more "well-rounded" view of the world, (which would theoretically enable better voting practices).

Disclosure: I was raised in a very conservative home, so I didn't get to listen to mainstream music until I was in college. The fact that I was raised on jazz and classical music very much affected how I consume mainstream music today.

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[–] 4EnglandJames 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

After jury duty I found out many Americans don't know about or don't agree with the presumption of innocence.