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Bon jour

Dear Editor:

Ms. Bubb is correct in pointing out my incorrect attribution of the quote: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

I could have attributed it to Homer Simpson. Homer would be a less impressive source, but it would not change the reality or consequences of the quote.

It was very thoughtful of Ms. Bubb to provide cover for my mistake by listing a few of the many incorrect attributions found on the Internet. I should point out that Ms. Bubb does not, to her credit, argue the validity of the quote, only the attribution.

I’ll try another quote: “Democracy is the road to socialism” — Karl Marx.

Ms. Bubb can rest assured there is no desperation, only frustration. Realizing how many of our citizens do not understand the difference between a democracy and a republic, and why our founders chose a republican form of government, is at first angering then sad. Opting for mob rule is only comprehensible if there is not an understanding of the value of a republican form of government.

By the way, I thought you couldn’t put things on the Internet if they aren’t true. Bon jour,

Darrel Cotton

This story was posted on April 25, 2013.