Dear Roaming, I learned that America is actually a republic, but everyone seems to say America's a democracy. Do you know which is true?
The US is Democratic Republic and Xero1of1 has explained correctly above. If every vote counted, as in a democracy, the population centers like New York, LA, San Fransisco, etc... would make all the decisions while the center of the country would effectively have no voice.
I suppose you could say that a republic is a represented democracy...
A democracy is where everyone's vote counts directly towards a law or bill passing or failing. A republic (which is what America has) is when we elect representatives to basically vote for us. So instead of having to tally 321million votes (one for every person) for every bill or law that tries to get passed, they only have to tally the votes from the representatives (435 in the House of Representatives and 100 in the Senate). This is why we vote for our representatives and senators and why so many people get so bent out of shape about their ideals, values and morals... We want them to vote how we would vote based upon our own ideals, values and morals.
Yo, pretty sure republic just means it doesn't have a monarch and instead has a president as a head of state.