Re: Shamos Rebuttal, Draft 3

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_at_uscountvotes_dot_org>
Date: Thu May 05 2005 - 23:23:57 CDT

Teresa Hommel wrote:

> 1. Cut the “amusement” stuff and other emotion-laden or attutude words.
>
I totally agree. No judgements or conclusions, just the facts and let
people decide for themselves what they think. Tone it down and
understate it. (i.e. Do as I SAY not as I DO ;-). This "amusement"
statement makes the entire paper look unprofessional in the first
sentence. Why read on?

> 3. Do not refer to the American govt as a republic. It is supposed to
> be a democracy. A republic can be a dictatorship. Just because Shamos
> uses the term doesn’t mean you have to use it.
>

In fact, the United States form of government is a Republic and not a
true Democracy. However, perhaps using the word "democracy" rather than
"republic" even though less accurate, does have better emotional
response and is customary. BTW, a republic is not ever a dictatorship.
Others besides Teresa may have problems with the word "republic",
although Republicans seem often to remind me that we do not live in a
democracy but a republic.

Best Regards and Thanks for everything All of us are doing!

Kathy
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