Last month, in Word on the Street, Marvin Tyson wrote a letter informing me that America was a republic, not a democracy (“America is a constitutional republic,” The Daily News, June 14). This is very misleading. I learned in elementary school that America was a republic and democracy was the backbone of a republic.

In Webster’s dictionary it states that a “republic is a state governed by elected legislators.” “Democracy is (1) government by the people, (2) a country with such government, (3) social equality.” In short, democracy means “of the people, for the people and by the people.”

Sounds familiar? It should; it’s from the Declaration of Independence. “Republic” does not mean Republican Party any more than democracy means Democratic Party. You can look it up in the dictionary or pull it up online.

L. Davied Bond lives in Bacliff.

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Gary Miller

A republic is a union of states with equal voices. The voice of each state may be selected by democracy or a dictator. Democracy is not always "of, for and by the people". It can be used to give some votes more value than others. When it suppresses it's opposition Democracy becomes the creator of dictators.
BHO was the 2008 nominee of the Democrat party after Nancy Pelosi, dictator of the House, gave him all Super Delegates. HRC won more elected delegates but the Super Delegates had more value than elected delegates.
The most dangerous dictators are democratically elected by a minority of citizens.
Democracy can be "of, for and by the people" when all the people have a free and equal chance to vote.
Of, for and by the people works when the people vote.

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