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It upsets me when I hear people, even government leaders say that "America is a Democracy."  Here again is a situation when a lie is repeated often enough, people simply begin believing it.

Slowly over the years the United States of America has been mistakenly designated a democracy, thanks to the miseducation of American history.

America's founders knew what a corrupt system of government democracy was and did everything to ensure our country would never become one. 

Our nation was founded as a constitutionally limited republic. This was common knowledge several generations ago. Remember the Pledge of Allegiance: “and to the Republic for which it stands”? The Founding Fathers were concerned with liberty, not democracy. The word democracy does not appear in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. On the contrary, Article IV, section 4 of the Constitution is quite clear: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican Form of Government”

In a Republic, the law is supreme, and all men, including its leaders, are subject to it.   Founding father John Adams said this: “A republic is based off an ‘Empire of Laws, and not of men.’"

A constitutionally limited republic emphasizes the rights of the individual. It is not set up to abuse your God given unalienable rights.

As another presidential election comes upon us, the Electoral College debate has been rekindled.

Alerted to the dangers of majority rule, the Constitution's framers inserted several anti-majority rules. One is that the election of the president is not done by a majority popular vote, but by the Electoral College.

The Electoral College method of choosing the president guarantees that each state, whether large or small in area or population, has some voice in selecting the nation's leaders. Were we to choose the president under a popular vote, the outcome of presidential races would always be decided by a few highly populated states.

The Electoral College is a buffer that allows all states to have a voice. If we remove the role of the states in electing the president, our country would no longer truly be the United States of America.

Ken Blinco, 

Portland

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