In his Independence Hall “speech” last month, President Biden used the word “democracy” more than 20 times — mostly in the service of claiming that MAGA Republicans are trying to destroy ours (“President Biden’s fear of irrelevancy,” Web, Sept. 5).
As Ben Franklin told an inquirer after the Constitutional Convention, the U.S. is “a republic — if you can keep it.” The Founding Fathers rejected democracy as a form of government. As John Adams said: “Remember a democracy never lasts long. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious,
less avaricious than an aristocracy or a monarchy.” And Alexander Hamilton said, “It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard against the oppression of the rulers, but to guard one part of society against injustice on the other part.”
Hamilton’s statement was quite prescient. “We the People” are now in need of protection from the rulers and the elites with whom they are working hand-in-glove.
Biden is attempting to shred the Constitution into confetti. He has all but erased our immigration laws and constructive policies, destroying national security. He is attempting to usurp the powers of Congress through executive order voodoo.
Can we keep our republic? Yes — if we adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law while removing from office those who refuse to do so.
HESSIE L. HARRIS
Silver Spring, Maryland
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