With regard to the Republican form of government (that of a Republic) Madison wrote in The Federalist:
“As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust: So there are other qualities in human nature which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence. Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us faithful likenesses of the human character, the influence would be that there is no sufficient virtue among men for self government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another.”
As is now apparent, we have a Republic form of government for a reason: to protect our Individual liberties. Many of our liberties are more and more in jeopardy every day. Regardless of where you stand in the political spectrum, it behooves you to get and stay involved in the political process. The legislation being considered at the federal level impacts us now and our children and families in the future. It is now easier than ever to get informed and stay involved with so many technological tools at our disposal.