For what it's worth, if it helps, another way to debunk the deceptive fallacy or downright lie of America as a democracy:
Both democracy AND republic make use of DEMOCRATIC processes - in the case of the latter, to purposely limited extents.
HAVING THE PROPERTY OF democratic process DOES NOT IMPLY in any way EITHER being in a democracy NOR in a republic.
The argument's corner stone condition:
(C) this is necessary BUT NOT SUFFICIENT - IN EITHER CASES.
Stating otherwise than (C) pertains to APPROXIMATE and fallacious logic - EITHER BY GROSS IGNORANCE OR BY DECEPTION PLAN - betrayal against ideas through the abuse of language, and thus, against honest, rational LOGIC ITSELF.
Analogy - especially enjoyable by the geeky students, albeit accessible to anybody, I think:
A computer contains mechanical parts AND electronic components - e.g., mechanical : the hard drive; electronic : the memory and CPU, GPU components, buses.
Do the mechanical parts make the ENTIRE computer AN EXCLUSIVELY MECHANICAL DEVICE - e.g., such as the first typewriters a hundred years ago?
APPROXIMATE. WRONG. FALSE. LIE. FRAUD.
Nope, the computer DOES NOT pertain SOLELY to the ontology of "mechanics" (noun) - only because to its hard drive.
Indeed, a computer isn't as "raw" as a 100 year old typewriter - in their respective whole.
THE LIE USED BY SOME LIBERALS - identifying "democratic" with "democracy" TO ERASE the notion of republic (and hoping nobody will notice) - HAS JUST BEEN DEBUNKED.
THOSE ARE BUSTED.
Note it's just as deceptive as another CURRENT RHETORIC TRICK - arrogantly openly defended by King ObaMARX himself in one of his "books" - THE TRAITOR:
seeing the Constitution as a living document - subject to TIME-VARYING interpretations by whatever political agenda(s) - instead of one which ought to keep a literal interpretation - FROZEN IN TIME (1776 to 1787) - only.
That is, another UTTERLY HARMFUL ABUSE OF LANGUAGE DONE IN PLAIN VIEW that we MUST fight against, FIERCELY - to restore liberty.
Engineer here. Who ALSO cares about the proper usage of NATURAL LANGUAGE. In French AND English.
"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.
"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius
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