To the editor:
I just read Dee Sams’ venture into that eternal argument: are we a democracy or a republic? I will make my effort to jump into the same discussion and will probably regret it.
If we research the definitions of these two terms maybe that will help. I think you will find that most definitions of “republic” can be summarized as “a government by elected officials, rather than a king, emperor or dictator.” A simple definition of “democracy” is “one man (person) — one vote.” This does not (it seems to me) lead to the extreme interpretation that everyone MUST vote on everything. Our constitution provides us with a representational democracy. But that is still democracy.
So, why can’t we say we are a democratic constitutional republic, and stop the quibbling?
There are many who will see me as a shallow thinker and incapable of a discussion of political philosophy. But a lot of Americans, like me, are not deep thinkers, but straight thinkers. I don’t see why “democracy” and “republic” are mutually exclusive.
Please understand that I am in no way defending the person who compared the Tea Party to Hitler. The Tea Party is a pure example of the voice of the people coming from the roots of our democracy to speak to power.