American flag in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. American flag in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

The United States of America is governed as a federal republic, and therefore some argue that the U.S. is not a democracy. A republic is defined as a political system in which the supreme power is vested upon the citizenry that is entitled to vote for its representatives and officers responsible to them, while a democracy is defined as a government of the people and by the people exercised through elected or direct representative. It can be difficult to distinguish between a democracy and a republic, and therefore it would be rational to conclude that the United States is both a democracy and a republic.

READ MORE HERE: Is the United States a Republic or a Democracy? – WorldAtlas

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