Bear with me I am Greek!
What is the meaning (for you Americans) of having only two political parties that have the same name in different languages (one in Greek and the other in Latin) that both mean the same but none of them functions as what the name conjures?
Republic is the latin word for Democracy (which is Greek). We have a saying in my country that says just about this: “Where you here too much, believe too litlte”. By that I mean that if I have to explain that I am something that you don’t see in me, maybe I am lying (at least you should consider of it).
So it is by saying that I am a Democrat, a Christian, a Communist, etc. By the way, this saying does not apply usually for bad things. If I say I am a Nazzi, or a Fascist maybe you SHOULD consider it.
Anyway. For good things, like democracy, too much advertising does no good to it. Only the practice of it would do good to everyone.
So you have two parties, which use the same word, in different language, as if that would make it have a different meaning, and none of these parties is the least democratic from what their actions and beliefs show.
You see, I am born in the place where Democracy was born, and what I know for sure is that real Democracy is too far away from what we all experience today but mostly from what you Americans experience.
Let me show you what I mean by explaining to you how Democracy was born in Ancient Athens.
After the death of the last king o Athens, the Athenian people asked a wise man of the day — Solon — to create a new regime for them that would be fair and just for every citizen.
At the time, the poor where slaves to the rich because of their debt to them (ring a bell?). Solon took everybody’s land and property (at the time to be rich meant to have vast spaces of land) and he divided it equally to every citizen, thus freeing the poor and giving the City a second chance to prosper. This was called “SISACHTHIA” (If you can’t spell it, just forget it).
What followed is just history. Democracy was borne and you can read in History Books how exactly it worked. I will give you some hints.
Everyone was entitled to be in the city’s governing party (aristocrat or not) and that was a cycle, so everyone would be in that position at least once in a lifetime. If he had not enough money — because he was not allowed to work when in this position — then the city would feed him for that period of time. Then he would go back to his previous job. Ther were NO PROFETIONAL POLITICIANS in the Athenian Democracy!
The people’s houses where simple while the common buildings of the “AGORA” (the Market) and everything else like Temples, etc where goergeous. Why was that? Because the people spent the most of their free time in the common places like the AGORA where they talked for the matters that concerned their city and their lives and elections for everything where held. Their houses where simple beacause they went there only to sleep!
This is why everyone that would not take part in the city affairs was called an “idiot” (it is a grrek word you have taken for meaning “stupid”, but it actually means “private”). It still means the same today in greek but it does not have the shameful repercussion that it had at the time.
As you can see the real Greek Democracy (which was briefly followed by the Roman ‘Republica’ until it died at the hands of Julius Cezar) was more like the (abhored for you) “Socialism” than the model that the Western World has for Democracy today (the modern Greeks included).
Democracy is NOT a conservative regime. Quite the contrary! And the center of its affection is the PEOPLE NOT PROPERTY!
And I seriously hope this all is not too much “greek” to you.