Re: Shamos Rebuttal, Draft 3

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Fri May 06 2005 - 16:56:41 CDT

On Thursday 05 May 2005 18:18, Teresa Hommel wrote:
> 3. Do not refer to the American govt as a republic. It is
> supposed to be a democracy.

Your view is historically inaccurate. The US is quite explicitly
not a pure democracy, but a representative democracy and a
republic with checks and balances between branches of government
and the people.

A little old lady supposedly asked Benjamin Franklin during the
Constitutional Convention what kind of government they were
preparing for the country inside there, and he supposedly
replied, "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."

> A republic can be a dictatorship.

As in Soviet Socialist Republics and People's Republics, yes, but
that isn't relevant. They also have constitutions proclaiming
various civil rights that haven't apply in court until recently.

> Just because Shamos uses the term doesn't mean you have to use
> it.

Just because Communists and others who don't get it misuse the
term doesn't mean we shouldn't use it.

Edward Cherlin
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