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Letter: We live in a republic, not a democracy

Letter to the Editor

I am sick and tired of the word “democracy.” It is used constantly on TV, radio, internet, newspapers. Quit it! We have a REPUBLIC! Franklin Benjamin was asked when he emerged from the Continental Convention: “What kind of Government did you give us?” He responded: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Democracy is one person, one vote. Our founders purposely gave us a government with three branches — judicial, executive and legislative. The legislative branch is made up of two chambers — the US House of Representative that elects representatives based on one man one vote (democratic) and the Senate, which is based on two votes per state (hardly democratic).

The president is elected by a combination of both houses — the electoral college. Together with the Supreme Court, they created a hybrid called “a republic.” The founders did this after considering all forms of government, including pure democracy — which they rejected. So we the people should stop using “democracy” to describe our government.

A Republic then, A Republic now, a Republic Forever — if we can keep it.

— Frank Watts, Winter Park Highlands

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