In my August 16 letter, "Preserving our Democracy" one commenter corrected that we are a Republic and not a Democracy. He is correct in that a Republic protects the rights of its individual citizens whereas a majority in a Democracy can vote itself favor at the expense of individuals.
Never the less: Not since Richard Nixon's attempts to act independently of the governed have we experienced the tyranny of the majority as we are now under the Obama administration.
A tyrant, once his power is established "democratically", acts independently of the majority and the individual. Definitions of republic and democracy then become academic exercises.
Once entrenched the tyrant feels threatened most by the "majority" responsible for electing him. The "majority" would then be first to suffer the dictator's heavy hand, a hand unrestrained by any constitution or independence declaration.
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