Anonymous said: The way I've heard it explained is that a republic is governed by rule of law and a democracy is majority rule. Which is great, except that majority rule often ends up as mob rule. Hence why we aren't a democracy.
I hate when people use the term “mob” to describe democracies, because it has such a negative connotation. The idea that certain people are going to lose rights or never get rights is bizarre and incorrect. We’d still have the constitution and we’d still have the amendments and we’d still have the judicial branch.
The only real concern is that we would become too bureaucratic and bogged down to function, and that’s very valid. But I do think we should definitely do direct democracy in the presidential election, and I also think we should lean slightly more towards democracy in how we vote on laws. Do I think every issue should be voted on by everyone? No of course not; there’s so many informal and mundane tasks our representatives do every day and I don’t think people want the political power to deal with them even if they had the chance.