Governance in a representative democracy
There are elections,
the elected make decisions,
the people learn about the actions
and the results of those actions,
and then there are elections again.
For the Government of the United States, the Presidents and Congresspeople are elected, the Judges are appointed by those who are elected, and the press are paid for.
A republic means elected or appointed officers.
The process is a type of feedback loop.
One step in this loop is bought and paid for.
For a republic
elections are feedback
a portion is bought.