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LETTER: Our nation was founded as a republic

In response to Hal Sundin’s article “The party of those who just don’t get it,” this article concerns me as it is a prime example of the way in which we are incrementally losing site of what our government is supposed to be and how we should function as a society.

Somewhere in the path of American history, we have allowed the social engineers to step in and overwrite the collective memory and psychology that created this nation. We have become an apathetic collective that would rather watch Breaking Bad than learn its rights.

This nation was founded as a republic; when did it become a democracy? A republic is antithetical to a democracy; yet so many Americans champion the democracy. Why? We don’t even know what we are talking about.

In a Republic, the rights of the individual are supreme and inviolate. However, one’s rights end where the rights of another begin. The framers of this nation rebelled against an overreaching authority that imposed its will on the people, and they saw the value of self-responsibility and sought to protect the free will of the individual.

By definition, a democracy imposes the will of the majority onto the minority — it is a complete delusion expressed by Hal to claim that “majority rule” was the intent of the founders.

Nicholas J. Krick

New Castle

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