Two Republics – Part 2/4

September 23, 2010

Soon after the Revolution and the formation of the United States of America “white, male property owners twenty-one or older could vote. Some colonists not only accepted these restrictions but also opposed broadening the franchise.”

Duke University professor Alexander Keyssar wrote in The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States: “At its birth, the United States was not a democratic nation—far from it. The very word “democracy” had pejorative overtones, summoning up images of disorder, government by the unfit, even mob rule. In practice, moreover, relatively few of the nation’s inhabitants were able to participate in elections: among the excluded were most African Americans, Native Americans, women, men who had not attained their majority, and white males who did not own land.”  Source: Voting in Early America

Correct me if I’m wrong, but nowhere in Article 1 of the Constitution of the United States, which is about “The Legislative Branch”, does it say that the Republic requires more than one political party to compete for “The Legislature” and “The House”. Source: 1

This means that political parties like the Republican and Democratic Parties in the United States do not have to exist for the United States to be a Republic.

In fact, the U.S. could have one political party as China does and still be a Republic.

Return to Two Republics – Part 1


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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