Republic, democracy are not a coin flip
In response to Robert Nelson’s letter Nov. 17 [“Democracy and republic are two sides of same coin”], I perceive your confusion, Robert, however that does not change the truth that the United States is a republic—not a democracy. We, actually, are a democratic republic dominated by a Constitution, Bill of Rights and a set of legal guidelines.
Now, perhaps you don’t know the distinction or why being a republic is so necessary. I’ll clarify. In a democracy the rights of the mob prevail over the rights of 1. In a republic, the rights of the one are supreme over the rights of the mob. In different phrases, your rights finish if you begin imposing on my particular person rights, bestowed by our creator, and the Bill of Rights. That is the fantastic thing about this nation and the way the regulation and the Bill of rights protects us all from the overreach of presidency and effectively meant elected officers.
And by the way in which, the Electoral College is there to guard the smaller states from being out voted by the bigger, extra corrupt states. In different phrases, it protects the rights of the few from being run over by the rights of the mob.
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