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.