We are a Constitutional Republic. The founders HATED democracy.<quoted text>
Actually we are a democratic republic, look up the phrase democratic republic in the dictionary and look at the first example given.
The whole popular argument that we are either a democracy or a republic are both wrong, we are both, always have been.
BTW, why would I go to the Dictionary when I could just go to the Constitution?
The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government...- Article IV Sec 4.