The United States is a Republic

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Are you tired of the constant ballot measure barrage? We may do well to consider where we have been and where we are going. We pledge allegiance to a republic, not a democracy. Why? Do you have the time to study every single issue coming out of Sacramento? Like most, you may be so occupied with family, work and life that you cannot study the issues enough to make an informed decision. Voting has become for many a chore and annoyance (voter turnout is expected to be at an all-time low). We may do well to revisit history. The Greeks tried democratic mass participation in their city-states with tyranny being the end result. Said James Madison, “we may define a republic to be ... a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior.” Perhaps we have not paid enough heed to this principle of the founders of representative government for a limited period or during good behavior. Frequently, when I look at the newspaper, I notice a select few individuals rotating musical chairs in the halls of power. Even when they lose an election for “questionable behavior” they end up on some commission somewhere to attach themselves as leeches to the decaying corpse of an economically bankrupt and virtueless government. Have we any statesmen in the house to lead our republic? It would be well to require our legislators to read the Federalist Papers and the Constitution of our republic and revisit their role. Dean Forman, Meadow Vista