What Kind Of Government Does The United States Have?

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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The United States is the world's oldest federal constitutional republic.
First, it is federal because a union composed of fifty partially self-governing states and federal one federal district united by a central ("federal") government. The self-governing status of the component states are constitutionally well-established and may not be altered by a independent decision of the central government.
Second, the country is a constitutional republic because it is is a state where the head of state (President) and other officials (Legislative Branch: Senate and House of Representatives) are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to existing constitutional law (The Constitution of The United States) that limits the government's power over citizens.
Furthermore, in a constitutional republic, the executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is tempered by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power (Checks and Balances). The fact that there is a constitutional law limiting the government's power; makes the country constitutional.
The fact that the head(s) of state (the President, the Head of Congress, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court) and other officials are chosen by election, rather than inheriting their positions, and that their decisions are subject to judicial review makes the United States republican.
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Anonymous commented
You're mixing things up. The United States is a constitutional republic, yes, but the form of government that the USA has as a constitutional republic is in the form of a representative democracy, in which in which the citizens delegate authority to elected representatives. This is also known as an "indirect democracy."

The term "republic" describes what the country itself is. "Democracy" describes the form of government it has.
Ben Donahower
Ben Donahower commented
This is a pretty good answer.

Re; the commenter-A representative democracy is a republican by definition and vice versa.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
From the USA Constitutional Dictionary:
Republic

republic n 1 : A government having a chief of state who is not a monarch
and is usually a president; also : A nation or other political unit having
such a government 2 : A government in which supreme power is held by the citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives governing according to law; also : A nation or other political unit having such a form of government

In the context of the United States, both definitions apply.
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Michael Willis answered
It is supposed to be a democracy, but in fact it is a republic, just as the Pledge of Allegance states. It is quickly moving to a New World Order, although many Americans would have it differently. The true United States Government does not exist since it was declared bankrupt and insolvent by President Roosevelt in 1933. All govermental agentcies have been working under declaration of emergency power since then. Amazing to say the least.    The Federal Reserve is not a part of the U.S. Government, it is a private banking system established in 1913 on Jekyll Island, Georgia by the very bankers and families which caused the Great Depression and the bankruptcy of the true Constitutional government in 1933. They are now the ones controlling the U.N. And all of America's financial institutions.
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Anonymous
Anonymous commented
This person needs to study history of the Republic of the United States. The President does not have the power to declare a nation bankrupt and insolvent.
President Roosevelt served for 4 years and could have served longer but for his poor health. He did however put many people back to work through government work programs.
The only truth in your statement that is factual is the fact that we are a republic. Hence our president is elected by the electoral college and all policies are made by representative persons of the people.
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Anonymous answered
It is a republic.  Specifically, it is a federal republic, or a democratic republic.  No, we're not "supposed" to have a democracy!  A democracy (just democracy, not a certain kind or derivative of democracy) is where everyone votes on everything.  Imagine if every national law took as much time to pass as electing the president in the actual election process.  Also take into account state, county, and city laws.  We would probably take as much - or more - time just passing these laws than obeying (or breaking) them!  Its just plain impractical.  Even the presidential election isn't fully democratic, the people's votes decide how the electoral college votes.  We elect representatives (who represent our views) and they vote for laws, or we run ourselves.  That's the ingenious beauty of it!
The USA is "bankrupt"!  Baloney!  You are referring to this: www.apfn.net/Doc-100_bankruptcy.htm , right?  Here's a quote: "by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1,
Public Law 89-719".  I did a search of Public Law 89-719.  catalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&BBID=7542 .It was made in 1966.  hiwaay.net/~becraft/deadissues.htm go there and search (ctrl+F) "XXI."  Look online, go to the Library of Congress, look it up and see for yourselves if you have to.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Stupid no one can't answer correctly
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
A Representative Republic: A government of officials chosen by the public
Winter Profile
Winter answered
The United Sates of America has always been known to have a democracy and we always will. (hopefully)
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Well first of all yes we do have an indirect democracy. Its where the ppl and the state make the decisions

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