Forms of Government: Democracy vis-à-vis Republic

President Joe Biden frequently refers to the form of government of the United States as a democracy. Have you heard him say “our republic” even once?

A simple word search of the Declaration of Independence, the seven articles of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and constitutional amendments eleven through twenty-seven reveals no use of the words ‘democracy’ or ‘democratic.’

A simple word search of the U.S. Constitution reveals the word ‘republican’ in Article IV, Section 4.

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…”

What is the difference between a democracy and a republic?

The singular and most important difference is the form of government. A democracy is ruled by a simple majority. A republic is ruled by laws that protect the rights of the individual, hence the Bill of Rights.

The spirit of the Rule of Law was expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the first sentence of the second paragraph. The overarching authority for the foundation of our country is our Creator.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

All individual or organized human activity or behavior that contravenes the Creator’s expressed will violate the spirit and the letter of the Rule of Law. What is the Creator’s expressed will? The Creator expressed His will in the Holy Bible, the New, and the Old Testaments.

If you are new to Bible study, I suggest you become familiar with the Ten Commandments.

   The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 MEV)
1I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2You shall not make for yourself any graven idol, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water below the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of them who hate Me, and showing lovingkindness to thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments.
3You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold guiltless anyone who takes His name in vain.
4Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or your sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
5Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6You shall not murder.
7You shall not commit adultery.
8You shall not steal.
9You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.

Atheism, polytheism, communism, and homosexuality violate God’s will for your life. All four religious practices deny God and his sovereignty over all creation.

Founding Father James Madison penned the Federalist Number 10 (22 Nov. 1787)
I quote:
“From this view of the subject, it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society, consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert results from the form of government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party, or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is, that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives, as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed, that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized, and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.”

For most of our history, there were Bible-believing people in both major political parties. While the Democratic Party distinguished itself as the party of human slavery, the Republican Party was founded to liberate all enslaved people. Today, homosexual and pro-abortion activists are generally Democrats, while Republicans generally support the Freedom of Religion and the Right to Life. Democrats like Joe Biden labor to relabel and rebrand our form of government from a republic to a democracy.

Democrats generally deny the Republican form of government, disregard the Rule of Law, promote the slaughter of unborn Americans in their mothers’ wombs, and ardently promote homosexuality.

Choose wisely.

John White
Rockwall, Texas


Published by John White

A lifetime (over 50 years) of experiences with automation and control systems ranging from aerospace navigation, radar, and ordinance delivery systems to the world's first robotic drilling machine for the oil patch, to process-control systems, energy management systems and general problem-solving. At present, my focus is on self-funding HVAC retrofit projects and indoor air quality with a view to preventing infections from airborne pathogens.

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