Around here, one can't state the simple generalization that the US is a democracy without someone retorting, "The US is a constitutional republic!" or something along those lines. Our form of government is undoubtedly a species of democracy. Furthermore, 'constitutional republic' informs less about our form of government than 'democracy' does. While there have been few (if any) absolute democracies ever on the planet, the globe is dotted with countries named "republic of..." and which have constitutions. Many of them are essentially authoritarian. Is this 'constitutional republic' bit really such an necessary display of cliche rhetoric, especially if it is not the central point being made?