James McHenry, a Maryland delegate to the Constitutional Convention wrote:
“A lady asked Dr. (Benjamin) Franklin, Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic, replied the Doctor, if you can keep it.”
Ideally a republic is based on one of our Declaration of Independence’s most important phrases, “consent of the governed”.
That’s not exactly what was protected in the Constitution by the founders. Minority rule, and voter rights, were for the privileged white land owners.
And minority rule is the antithesis of a republic.
It's happened before and will happen again.
Republicans can win the gerrymandered House and anti-democratic Senate with fewer overall votes than Democrats. Along with the Electoral College, these tragic errors in judgment by the founders will impair, undermine and corrupt our representative republic.
Like slavery, the founders codified these inequalities in the Constitution. (Thanks to the slave states.)
White nationalist Republicans will refuse to concede if they lose. They will howl “voter fraud” and “rigged”, as they stir more resentment, anger and hate. (The real values of the radical Right.)
After 2000 and 2016, Republicans have become accustomed to having presidential power with a minority of votes.
Americans STILL endure taxation and minority rule without fair representation.
Washington DC has more people than Vermont and Wyoming combined, yet have no voice in our so-called republic.
White nationalist Christians are not the majority, but they are louder and are more empowered than the majority.
And that's what they want. Minority rule. And they will violently revolt against the majority AGAIN, if they lose.
This is how a republic dies.