When asked by a woman, “What kind of government have you given us, Mr. Franklin?” he replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
A republic is distinct from a democracy.
A Democracy is rule by majority or mob rule. 50% plus one gives the majority the right to do whatever they want regardless of whether it infringes on another’s rights or not. A Republic is rule by law. James Madison, the architect of our Constitution was a genius (and a Believer who was heavily influenced by both Old Testament Law and English Tradition). To be sure we have certain democratic ideas and principles, but they are limited by law. Our Constitution establishes a series of checks and balances not only on the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government, but also upon the citizenry.
A republic is distinct from a democracy and it is not an easy thing to keep.
Rome began as a republic. It ended as a dictatorship.