When young and working hard, in everyday life, raising a family, I never thought about the difference between a Republic and a Democracy. After all, our politicians and public figures refer to the United States as a Democracy. Have never heard anyone, outside of History class, call us a Republic. We invade and occupy countries in the name of 'instilling democracy', then remove one dictator and install another, and then call it a 'Democracy' - and encourage the country men to vote just to solidify the 'Democracy'.
From Stephen D. Palmer's book, "Uncommon Sense - A Common Citizen's Guide To Rebuilding America:
...Words carry power. They persuade and convince. They transform. They mold people and nations. They communicate values and translate ideas into practical action. They change the course of history, either for better or for worse.
...They mean the difference between you owning property and using it as you see fit. or the ability of the government to take your property from you by force, based on nothing but a vote of the majority. That's the real truth of democracy.
...In reality, there are only three possible reasons why a person in power would choose the word democracy to describe the American form of government: 1) they're legitimately unaware of what it means, 2) they're simply using it casually and colloquially because it's become so common to do so, or 3) they're consciously and deliberately trying to deceive people to achieve their ends--at the expense of the freedom of the People.
Exploiting the word 'democracy' was one of the primary strategies of the intellectuals during the Progressive Era (1905-1913) that enabled them to pass the 16th and 17th Amendments and the Federal Reserve Act, the triple-play that has caused more damage to our nation than anything else. As historian Clarence B. Carson wrote, "By the late 19th Century, the idea was gaining ground that the United States was a democracy, or that it ought to be anyway. Reformers began to latch on to democracy...pushed for popular control over government to be expanded, and linked this to progress and progressivism."