In a recent press release about Syria, President Barack Obama stated that he is “mindful” of the fact that he is the “president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy”. To accept that statement as fact would be a great travesty – we do not live in a democracy and it is with great nerve that he claimed we are. The United States is a constitutional republic. There are a few distinct differences between the two terms and they are not to be taken lightly. Our founding fathers very well knew the differences and acted with due diligence to ensure that the country they founded was a republic.