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Manhattan: After reading several articles about some of Arizona’s most Donald Trump-inspired GOP voters, it appears that a number of these individuals have completely misconstrued, consciously or unconsciously, the word “democracy.” In its place, they now favor the term “republic,” as if referring to a radically different form of government that they evidently prefer to see in “their” state and country.
The Signing of the Constitution of the United States, with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson at the Constitutional Convention of 1787; oil painting on canvas by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940. (GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)
While it is true that in the Pledge of Allegiance, we repeat the phrase “and to the Republic for which it stands,” such people seem to think that their support for the term republic essentially means that they are “Republicans.” By analogy, they then feel that those who support and believe in democracy are — you guessed it — “Democrats.”
Yet, etymologically, democracy simply means “government of the people” whereas republic literally means “the people’s thing,” i.e. the commonweal, or what we all hold onto dearly and in common: a government of, by and for the people.
To be sure, American political scientists and historians far more knowledgeable than I may quibble about the nuances between the two, going back all the way to the Constitution. But what appears to have occurred in many people on the far right is a kind of lexical slippage, one that is neither really justified nor even logical. As I see it, this is just the latest example of how ill-informed and unclear some of our fellow citizens have become about basic civic concepts and terminology, not to mention the English language. Stamos Metzidakis
Bronx: For all of Trump’s bluster about his home invasion, who is to say, with all the time he has had, that he has not had those documents scanned onto a microSD card? This would be just like him — so he still has something to sell to the highest bidder. Anna Maria McCorry
Yorktown Heights, N.Y.: Voicer John Winkler from California is appalled at Donald Trump’s “dehumanizing bellicosity.” I can understand how non-New Yorkers find him to be mean and nasty. I was raised in Brooklyn. Most of the guys I knew were similar to Trump — relentlessly direct, blunt, sarcastic and merciless towards fools. People from elsewhere often find New Yorkers to be generally obnoxious and many of us prove them right, but it’s in our DNA and something we wear like a badge of honor. Trump is a breath of fresh air compared to most mealy-mouthed politicos who are terrified to give a straight answer until they run it by a focus group. Gabriel Pompe
Camden, N.J.: To Voicer Kosmas Patikoglou: You were absolutely on point. Moreover, bipartisan as I am, I’m a registered Democrat because my mother told me to become one as a teen. Liz Cheney is surely a second-generation politician at least. Her service working as a public official is outstanding. Wayne E. Williams
Forest Hills: Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene believes that if we use solar panels for electricity, the lights will go off at night. Her audience applauded. Welcome to the GOP. Oy. Stew Frimer
Peters Township, Pa.: I am saddened to learn of the impending retirement of Dr. Anthony Fauci from his position as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This selfless man has devoted decades of his life to protecting the American people from illness and disease, a mission which he perpetuated most recently as the coronavirus pandemic began consuming us. We were in uncharted waters as we navigated a once-in-a-century lethal pandemic, and Fauci did the best he could to advise us with the information he had at the time. It is tragic that conspiracy theorists sought to make Fauci’s life miserable, that he and his family had to endure death threats which required that he be provided a security detail. Rational individuals who believe in science will always be grateful to Dr. Fauci for his laudatory work, which he will have pursued to the age of 82. Oren Spiegler
Glen Head, L.I.: The time has come for Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC to declare a serious health emergency! There is a more virulent strain of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) affecting many readers of the Daily News. This disease is easily recognizable. Those suffering from this virulent strain all display a common symptom: They constantly write letters to the Voice of the People personally attacking Donald Trump by calling him names! They believe that by calling Trump enough names, they will rid themselves of their greatest fear and nightmare, which is Trump running for president in 2024! Robert Kralick
Brooklyn: Voicer Alfredo Gonzalez blames the last presidential administration for the crimes of Bui Van Phu, which took place under a Democratic mayor in a Democratic city, in a Democratic state under Democratic policies in the present time. Mr. Gonzalez, put the blame where it belongs — on Democratic policies that put everyone at risk. Stop reaching to make connections that don’t exist. You’re right, though: It’s time for this garbage to end. Kris Tapper
Manhattan: I admire Mendine Kabore’s tenacity (”Shoplifters, don’t mess with her!” Aug. 22) but you’ve kind of put a target on her back. As stated, with the lack of police presence in that section of the Bronx, it’s asking for trouble. Her photo on page 4, usually one of the more prominent pages, is extremely dangerous and not well thought out. Edward Scott
Cornwall, N.Y.: To all stores, delis, mom-and-pop shops and pharmacies, my advice: Invest in German Shepherds. Put up your “Beware of Dog” signs and if they are still foolish enough to steal, let the dogs take care of it. If you haven’t realized it, from the governor down, they don’t give a damn about you. It really sucks that these same clowns tied the NYPD’s hands. Raymond Grosskopf
Middle Village: I share Voicer Sherri Rosen’s anger at all the Medicare Advantage ads, many featuring well-known actors and sports figures. And while it may not seem right to use celebrities who people trust to sell a product, the true deception is in the fine print. The ads feature testimonials, but listen carefully and look closely at the fine print. The parts where they say how much they love the Medicare Advantage program are all paid actor portrayals. And the ones by “actual caller, paid endorsement” only say that they called to see if they were eligible, never claiming to use the plan. Lee Rottenberg
Huntington, L.I.: While I somewhat agree with Voicer Nancy Macri Kennedy about Daily News Mets writer Matthew Roberson, I think that Deesha Thosar was somewhat better. I wish her luck in her new endeavors and thanks for the good work at The News. Leonard Stevenson
New Windsor, N.Y.: I agree with Voicer Thomas O’Connor that Graig Nettles’ number should be retired by the Yankees. He was one the greatest defensive third-basemen ever. In the 1978 World Series, he made some of the greatest plays at third base. Also, he had some pop in his bat. Earl Weaver (Baltimore Orioles manager) said that from the seventh inning on, he was one of the game’s most dangerous hitters in the ‘70s. Vinny Armiento
Glen Ridge, N.J.: Has anyone else not received the Parade magazine supplement from your online subscription on Sunday? I haven’t received it for four weeks in a row now. I have inquired but get the same answer — none! A promise of one but no email with an explanation have I ever received. Cancellation is in my future, I’m sorry to say. Sad. Francine Ferrara
Chatham, N.Y.: I think whoever is in charge of the comics pages should be upfront and inform the public whether “Red & Rover” has been permanently pulled from the comics pages instead of dancing around the issue with claims of R&R being “on vacation” — a demonstrable falsehood. Why not be upfront about this? Once the evisceration of R&R from your comics section becomes acknowledged, the buying public can vote with their feet whether they want to keep (over)paying $3 for your less-than-quality publication. Dominique Nahas
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