republicans are an anti-democracy party.
The anger at the idea that each person’s voice would be heard.
they are an anti-democracy party
They don’t fear tyranny. They love it. Tyranny is what makes sense to them. They just want to be the tyrants.
They consider it freedom.
The relief at the idea that America could be thought to be something other than what it is, which is a democracy.
I do it to demonstrate the reflexive response.
They aren't being pedantic, but strategic.
But the reply engendered by a (factual) claim that we're a democracy—
"NO WE'RE A REPUBLIC!
is not a pro-republic statement, but an anti-democracy one.
Very purposefully anti-democracy.
This didn't used to be the reflexive response.
That only started when pro-tyranny people stopped being the majority.
They're building a moral justification for what they're doing, which is the dismantling of democracy.
Democracy used to be a good domination-delivery system for them. So they loved it. They started wars to spread it.
Now it isn't, so they hate it.
We want to deny it because it seems ludicrous and frightening, but they're doing it before our eyes. Packing the courts. Nullification where their power is weak Authoritarianism wherever it's strong. Gerrymandering. Disenfranchisement.
They position it as a foundational statement about a nation's beginnings, but it's an aspirational statement about what they want it to become—a thing neither republic nor democracy.
They've elected a tyrant. They love him.