Dear Editor,

A recent letter writer from Green Isle wrote a very passionate letter, endorsing Republican candidates and bashing the Democratic Party, seemingly solely on the basis that Democrats have spoken in favor of our American democratic process. This is because words “America is not a democracy” and that Mr. Biden, Ms. Harris and Rep. Peterson don’t know that and therefore not worth supporting. He ends by urging everyone to vote for the Republican candidates, because they “know” we are a republic and the Democrats don’t.

The writer’s argument is a little like saying “the sun is not yellow, it is round”. The dictionary definition of a republic is “A political order whose head of state is not a monarch and in modern times is usually a president”. And the definition of “democracy” is “Government by the people, exercised either directly or indirectly or through elected Representatives”. It is not a given that a republic has elected representatives. Remember that the “R” in “USSR” stood for “Republics”. A republic without democracy are places where the citizens don’t have a voice. But in the United States of America, we do vote, directly and indirectly for our leaders. I am grateful for that and proud to live in this democratic republic. My guess is that all of the people on the ballot feel this way too.

None of this is meant to tell you how to vote. By all means, vote for whom you believe represents your values and has the knowledge, integrity and respect for constituents that such positions require. It is your democratic right as an American.

Mary Sherlock

Belle Plaine

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