“Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much” – Abraham Lincoln. The fight for independence resulted in our country to be in a state of confusion. After the victory, the United States of America initially did not know how to set the stage for a government. With time, a democratic republic was formed.
A democratic republic or “representative democracy”, is a form of government operating on principles adopted both from a republic and democracy. This form of government was purposefully created by America’s founder to create a mixed-Republic with democratic features to ensure a lawful and popular government. Confusion often arises when hearing the term democratic as it branches from the term democracy, in which everyone votes on and creates laws directly. This type of government is what America’s founders were trying to avoid, thus the concept of mixed principles. Instead of a pure direct democracy, the United States of America uses a more republican system in which outside of the legislative branch are voted by elected representatives.
In today’s terms, the United States is a “Representative Democracy” in a sense that it is a representative government where the majority of sovereign citizens delegate power to elected representatives. These representatives, who vote on federal laws and hold office, are elected in a method that follows democratic, aristocratic, and republican fashion, via a ballot box.The Constitutional Convention adopted the Constitution on September 17, 1787; thus birthing the United States of America’s government; which since then has made America a factor of why one should move to the country. Our government is historically significant because though the founding colonies originated from England, a monarchy, it branches away from this system and becomes a democratic republic or representative democracy. No longer were only higher social class citizens able to impact an outcome of an elected. No longer did social class play a (major) role in the election of representatives.
Now, representatives are elected by the votes of eligible citizens, no matter your social class; who then by make decisions representing our thoughts. In addition, citizens are able to elect members of the congress and arguably the most powerful position in the world, the President of the United States of America.