In response to a recent letter whether the United States’ form of government is a democracy or a reublic:
There has long been confusion on this topic. Democracy and republic are not exclusive. The U.S. is a democratic republic.
From the Oxford English Dictionary:
Meaning of democracy: A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
Meaning of republic: A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.