In 1776, the Founding Fathers designed the United States of America as a republic. I’m not sure that it still qualifies. I do, however, find it amusing that we try to create a free world where democracies hold sway, since I’m not sure we qualify there either.
Are we a republic? In a republic, the elite elect a few [the Senate] to rule. We have a president.
Are we a democracy? The many vote on laws and policies. We don’t put everything to a majority vote.
Are we an oligarchy? The few ruling the many? That would have potential, if Congress sat in session for more than three days a year.
Are we a monarchy? …Well, the president does sign into law many acts without putting it to a vote in Congress (though, the archbishop of Washington, D.C. doesn’t swear him in [unless he does…I’ve never watched a presidential inauguration]); but he doesn’t have crown jewels.
Originally, we were founded as one nation under God; but we’ve gotten away from that, too. We’ve become secular; perhaps because we fear starting some militaristic, ideological crusade (no offense, Al-Qaeda) or becoming pacifists who surrender at the first sign of a fight (no offense, France).
Of course, not all change is bad. We once had slaves. Don’t worry, I’m sure we won’t revert to that; even when we get robots…unless the robots gain control.