October 22, 2011
would like to correct an error
repeated hundreds of times a day, and perhaps uncountable times over
few decades. This
has been done by many
educated persons who should know better, but have forgotten their
U.S. history lessons. The
issue is the
use of the word democratic when the speaker/writer is referring to the
Party or someone who belongs to it.
Politicians and TV news anchors are especially
guilty of this misuse.
Webster’s Dictionary that I have
defines democratic as “of, belonging to, or upholding democracy or a
that is, a government in which the people hold the ruling power either
or through elected representatives.”
definition anoints democrats and
the Democrat Party as having qualities that do not exist - they are not
editions of Webster’s blurs the distinction between the two and
Democrat Party as the same as the Democratic Party.
But this escapes the logic of history. If a mistruth is repeated
especially by those in power, it becomes accepted as fact.
our form of government
is not strictly a democracy (rule by majority) as many claim it to be. In a strict democracy, a
majority could pass
a law which would make a heinous crime such as murder, legal. Our government was more
properly designed as
and described by our founding fathers as a democratic republic, a
discussion for another day.