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August 13th, 2012 (12:02 AM).
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Well America is a republic, not a pure democracy, and it is to in sure the rights of the minority, and give respect to state sovereignty.
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From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Related to REPUBLIC
a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
Sounds exactly like the US, doesn't it?
No, honestly. Let's look at the French Republic, the other country that had a revolutiuon by the same time as the US and has a strong sense of freedom and defence of rights. There the President is elected by adding up all the votes of all the citizens and the one who gets one more vote than the other wins.
I never understood what's wrong with that, seeing how, in the end, the US system has resulted in only a select few States having any real choice at all and the other ones being either won by a party by default or too small to count at all. A (rare) Socialist voter in Vaucluse, France (won by the pro-fascist National Front party) can still have their vote count for something, as it will add up to the votes from the other citizens in the rest of the country. A Dem voter in Idaho might as well stay in bed the whole election day.
He sleeps alone
He needs no army where he's headed
'Cause he knows
That they're just ghosts
And they can't hurt him
If he can't see them, oh
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