On this Fourth of July, while most of you will be taking it easy, I will be working my weekend gig at NBCMiami – not that I am complaining.

And while we celebrate freedom and democracy, we should also understand that we are not technically a democracy, but a republic.

The above video does a good job on explaining the differences.

The one part that struck me is how in a democracy, a mob of cowboys who chase down a single horseman for some alleged crimes will be able to hang him instantly by a vote of the majority.

In a republic, this mob would be required to take the lone suspect back to town where he would be entitled to a fair trial.