Need to be correct with our form of government | Letter
I would like to comment on Rep. Hurst’s article (Courier-Herald, Jan. 21) in regards to lobbyist’s wining and dining politicians.
There is one correction I would like to make and that is reference to our type of government. Five times he makes use of the word “democracy” and a democracy is one of the worst forms of government. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution or the constitution of the 50 states is democracy used. The founders that gave us our form of government knew the difference between a republic and a democracy. A democracy is rule by majority and a republic is rule by law (constitution).
They don’t teach the difference in schools and most politicians, teachers and lawyers do not seem to know the difference. The Constitution – Article 4, Section 4 – guarantees a “republican form of government.”
When Ben Franklin came out of the convention he was asked, “What have you given us, Mr. Franklin?”
“A republic, ma’am, if you can keep it.”
A lynch mob is a democracy – majority rules. I suggest people research the difference.
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