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Letter to the Editor: Our nation is a republic

“A republic, Ma’am, if you can keep it.” Wise words from Benjamin Franklin, a man who helped create a new nation under God, limiting the tyranny of the majority and putting into place protections limiting power of government over the liberties of the smallest minorities: individuals. 

A difference between a democracy and a republic is the rule of law. A republic places limitations on the government by law, with deference toward minorities. A democracy rules by majority. 

The size of government also affects freedom. 

I encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with our Constitution. It creates a framework for our government and places limitations on government relating to our individual [natural] rights; rights belonging to individuals in search of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” 

The language of our politicians and media could be considered inexact at best and purposefully misleading at worst. The United States is not a democracy, it is a republic. The true meaning of these words does not support use of them interchangeably. The word democracy does not appear in either of our founding documents or state constitutions. 

It seems to me that the word “democracy” has been used purposefully by media to skew the public favorably toward a particular political party. Statistics support the assertion that a majority of people working in media identify as democrats. 

James Madison, who is considered the father of the U.S. Constitution, warned us of factional attitudes and prejudices in the Federalist Papers: No. 10. 

Considering the demonization of the other political party, especially over the previous three years, could you imagine the impact if use of language was corrected to accurately reflect the true representation of meanings? Instead of any reference to our government system as “democratic,” the word “republican” would be used. Words have meanings. Using definitive language to convey ideas and messages would be far more effective and accurate delivering truth.

Mark T. Ryan

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