For the record, the US is not a true democracy


My letter to your newspaper in response to Mr. Erickson’s viewpoint regarding the Electoral College seems to have drawn the ire of some of your readers. In the most recent of these, Ms. Ann Adams states, “A system in which the person who gets the most votes loses the election is not a democratic system.” That would be correct in a true democracy, because in a democracy the people meet and exercise the government in person. However while we are sometimes called a”representative democracy,” more correctly the United States was created as a constitutional republic in which the citizens administer the government through their representatives and agents. A reading of Federalist No. 10 and Federalist No. 14 would make clear the distinction between the two as well as the reasons for the founders choice of this form of government.