Political Science 101 for Boebert | Opinion

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Editor:

Reacting to a story about a meeting she may have had at the White House just before Jan. 6, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, CD-3, said: is a constitutional republic.

I’m not sure what the alternate capital letters mean, but Boebert seems to imply that this country is not and was never meant to be a democracy. Its general education development courses must not have covered civics or political science.

While it is true that the word democracy is never mentioned explicitly in the Constitution, it is clearly implied as it describes the elaborate electoral process we have today. Google offers several explanations for the difference between democracies and republics. Here is mine: A republic has a representative form of government. Democracy is how we choose these representatives and the chief executive.

The United States is a democratic republic. I hesitate to use this term because countries that describe themselves as democratic republics are generally anything but. The Congo, North Korea and Vietnam are one-party dictatorships with token legislatures.

If Boebert meant that our democracy is weak, I would follow him. Voter suppression, gerrymandering, the two-party system, and the Electoral College diluted American democracy to the point that the Founding Fathers would not recognize it.

I shouldn’t look down on someone who may not have had the financial resources I needed to get an education, but if Boebert is going to quote the Constitution, he should at least read it. I’m sure leading rivals Don Corum and Maria Zimmerman and potential general election challengers Adam Frisch, Sol Sandoval and Alex Walker are familiar with the document.

It’s more than the Second Amendment. You know, the one that grants the right to bear arms to “a well-regulated state militia.”

Fred Malo Jr.

Carbondale


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