Craig Dear editor:
I read with some dismay the article by your new columnist, Janet Sheridan, entitled "Happy Fourth of July," which appeared in the July 4, 2009, edition of the Craig Daily Press. In this article, Ms. Sheridan referred to the United States as a "world-altering democracy."
The fact is, the United States is a constitutional republic, and not a democracy. A constitutional republic guarantees individual rights. A democracy does not.
In 1787, after the signing of the Constitution, as the framers were leaving Independence Hall in Philadelphia, a lady stepped forward from the crowd and asked Benjamin Franklin, "What have you given us, sir?" And Franklin replied, "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."
In this millennium, we are struggling to keep our sovereignty as many of our elected representatives are trying to lead our great republic down the path of destruction into the New World Order and Global Governance.
The writings and quotes from the founders of our nation are numerous and extensive. They studied all forms of government around the world before establishing America as a constitutional republic.
Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution or the original Bill of Rights will you find the term "democracy." Our forefathers despised democracy and guaranteed to the future generations of Americans a constitutional republic.
I would have thought that a person who spent 40 years in public education and was responsible for teaching the truth of our nation's history to the children in her care would have known such an important fact about the country of her birth.
It's becoming quite obvious that the public school system in the United States is no more than a tool for social engineering to control the thinking of future generations in order to alter the course of our great nation.