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As for republic, I imagine the revisionist writers and dictionaries have changed the definition over the years to suit agenda.
It is a common problem and why when doing any real research you must invest in very old dictionaries, encyclopedias and legal reference books.
The history of republic is said to be:
Word Origin & History
1604, “state in which supreme power rests in the people,” from Fr. république, from L. respublica (abl. republica), lit. res publica “public interest, the state,” from res “affair, matter, thing” + publica, fem. of publicus “public” (see public). Republican (adj.)
Clearly, 1604 was a lot closer and recent history to 1776 and much of the US days of founding than today.
Word Origin & History
“state in which supreme power rests in the people”
That seems in stark contrast to what we have running around today posing as government. Folks with agendas, arbitrarily imposing their will against the massive people in number. Example, fiddling away at 2nd Amendment gun rights under the atypical “save the children” worn out cause card. More children die from eating fast food, sedentary lifestyle, medical establishment, etc. than die from guns.
Even the term legal guns is a nightmare in contrasts. We’ve enacted all sorts of gun laws outside the color and spirit of the fundamentals of this country. Always under suspicious and convenient victim pimping by government.
Fact is much of the original gun control in the United States goes back to disallowing blacks from possessing any means of protecting themselves and keeping them in slavery bonds. A clearly vulgar, offensive and inhumane thing to do.
Looking the gun vs. slave issue, we note that slaves routinely outnumbered whites. Thus a constant and ever present powder keg and fear.
And, again the minority, then whites, snookered the majority (slaves, anti-slave whites, etc.) via legal legislative means of using law to suppress human freedom.
Dr. Benjamin Franklin when asked while leaving the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was asked what this new government was to be, replied:
“A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.”