What our government is:
Our government was established as a representative republic. Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines a republic as: "a commonwealth; a state in which the exercise of the sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people. In modern usage, it differs from a democracy or democratic state, in which the people exercise the powers of sovereignty in person."
What our government is NOT:
Our government is NOT a democracy. Webster's 1828 defines a democracy as: "government by the people; a form of government, in which the power is lodged in the hands of the people collectively, or in which the people exercise the powers of legislation."
For more information on our form of government, please read this article by Scott Whiteman, Esq.
Our government is divided into three branches:
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