american national government


Respond to all components of the following prompt with clear, concise, articulate, and evidence-based arguments. 

Benjamin Franklin’s famous rejoinder that the United States was “a Republic, Madam, if you can keep it” suggests that “We the People” have a critical responsibility in sustaining our political institutions. In this regard:

  1. Explain the concept of constitutional democracy, and how it relates to a republic.
  2. If an educated citizenry, economic opportunity, social cohesion, ideological consensus, and stability are conditions favorable for constitutional democracy, then how would you assess the health of our republic--on each of these conditions--right now, the week of September 12 2020. In other words, in your estimation, how well are “We the People” keeping our republic? Provide evidence and examples to support your conclusion.
  3. What measures, if any, should "We the People" take to improve our republic? Be specific.
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