I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
And to the Republic for which it stands,
One nation, Under God, indivisible,
With liberty and justice for ALL.
Republic—a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.
Democracy—government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
“If we have not wisdom enough to govern ourselves, we will strengthen the opinion that popular governments cannot long support themselves.” –Benjamin Franklin
“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” –George Washington
What have we got Dr. Franklin, a Republic or a Monarchy? “You have a Republic, if you can keep it!”
It’s still up to the citizens.