Letter to the editor

Mincing words



I mused at the calls on C-Span this morning and on other mornings when people call in and tell people to stop calling our system of government a democracy. I find that most of those people are just trying to call DEMOCRAT a word that should be looked upon as dirty. Please look at the definitions from Meriam dictionary which describes both Democracy and Republic.


  • a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.


  • a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.

To my way of thinking both definitions say the same thing. What I see is we have a government of representatives that are democratically elected by a majority of the people who are represented.

Those representatives which are identified as Congressional Representatives, Senators, and President are those elected by a majority of the voting public as defined by laws in their state and the constitution of the United States. Those representatives all are SWORN to represent all the people that are in the country not just those that voted for them. We the people are a mixture of races and religions and non-religions which all have been given the right to think and vote our beliefs as we see them not to be told by others that you do not have a right to vote because you are a certain color or religion.

It is time we stop trying to divide people and let each and every one of us make up their own mind as to what the right to vote is in a DEMOCRATIC REBUBLIC. Please quit with dissing people because of their political views or their religious views just because they do not think the same as you. We all are given free choice. Please exercise the choice you believe in.

Ken Mosher Sr.