I was in total agreement with Mr. Robert Scott’s letter in the Nov. 5 edition of The Advocate, until the end, when he incorrectly referred to our form of government as a democracy.
Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence nor in the U.S. Constitution will you find the word democracy. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic (not democracy) for which it stands ...” Does that sound familiar? Democracy is tyranny of the majority.
The fact that the president has veto authority and the Senate features only two representatives from each state makes our form of government a republic. These two forms of government are distinctly different, yet I frequently hear public officials, news commentators, etc., refer to our form of government as a democracy.
When Benjamin Franklin was asked after the constitution was signed what form of government did the Founding Fathers give us, he is said to have responded “... a republic if you can keep it.”
Apparently we may have lost our republic since many people in our country who should know better have the mistaken idea that we are a democracy.
Dwight R. McGhee
lieutenant colonel, USAF (retired)