1) An extremely rare system of government with a short lifecycle; directed and confined by constitutional law protecting the rights of its citizenry, especially its minorities.
2) Individuals get four votes - the ballot box, the jury box, the grand jury box, and the cartridge box. The ultimate check in the checks and balances of a responsible/accountable government is considered the individual; thereby the most important characteristic of a Republican form of government is the individual.
3) Its a shepherd called law protecting the sheep from the wolves. By stealth, the predatorily lazy wolves create an engineered crisis/emergency and by foolishness, fear, complacency, naivety, and/or by lack of understanding the importance of the shepherd, the humble hardworking sheep accept the wolves’ conclusion that killing the shepherd is necessary. Well, guess what’s for dinner tomorrow night?
4) Jeopardy answer: What is the wind beneath liberty’s wings of justice and peace?
: We’re fighting them Al Keeblers to keep our Democracy and give the world Democracy too.
: Do you know that our founding fathers created a Republican form of government, not a Democracy.
: Same difference. Democracy, Republic, Liberty. All the same. All are anit-islamo-fascism.
: Really? A democracy is a one-vote system as opposed to a Republic, which is a four-vote system. Four votes to check tyranny, not just one. The first vote is at the polls on election day when we pick those who are to represent us in the seats of government. But what can be done if those elected officials just don't perform as promised or expected? - or follow the Constitution? In a Democracy, the people have to wait until the next election cycle. Under a Republic, votes two-three-four are the most effective means by which the common people of any nation on earth have ever had in controlling those appointed to serve them well in government. The second vote comes when you serve on a Grand Jury. Before anyone can be brought to trial for a capital or infamous crime by those acting in the name of government, permission must be obtained from people serving on the Grand Jury! The Minneapolis Star and Tribune in the March 27th 1987 edition noted a purpose of the Grand Jury this way: "A grand jury's purpose is to protect the public from an overzealous prosecutor." The third is the most powerful vote; this is when you are acting as a jury member during a courtroom trial. At this point, "the buck stops" with you! It is in this setting that each juror has more power than the President, all of Congress, and all of the judges combined! Congress can legislate (make law), the President or some other bureaucrat can make an order or issue regulations, and judges may instruct or make a decision, but no juror can ever be punished for voting "Not Guilty!" Any JUROR can, with impunity, choose to disregard the instructions of any judge or attorney in rendering his vote. If only one juror should vote "Not Guilty" for any reason, there is no conviction and no punishment at the end of the trial. Thus, those acting in the name of government must come before the common man to get permission to enforce a law. If all else fails, i.e. elections are stolen, juries are bribed/threatened, we the people of a Republic get a forth vote, we get to defensively vote from the rooftops against tyranny's enforcers. (amended Citizens Rulebook)
: Well, why does Bush, a Republican, like to spread Democracy all the time?
: The same reason a whore likes to spread her legs - easy money. Spreading Democracy is just a PC enunciation of filling the coffers of the military industrial complex by bombing the shit out of random brown skinned nations, just like spreading her legs is PC for fucking the shit out of random people for cash.
: So Bush is a whore of the military industrial complex?
: Yes. Though more politely, a serial pitchman for murdering the innocent, i.e. Iraqi babies.
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government” - The Constitution, Article IV, Section 4
“The jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.” - John Jay, 1st Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court, 1789
“All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.” - Maybury vs. Madison, US, 1803
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” - Ayn Rand
“There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.” - Ayn Rand
“Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” - Thomas Paine
“People fear witches, and burn women.” - Justice Louis Brandeis