To the Editor:
It amazes me that people are ignorant of the form of governance that we live under here in the U.S. It also amazes me that people are not educated as to the reasoning and wisdom of those founding fathers who chose not to make this country a democracy but rather a representative republic using the ideals of democracy and avoiding its mob-rule pitfalls. While it is nice to write your letter in Greek, it is not appreciated.
I am a third generation American citizen. I am always American first, independent in thought and free in thinking. While it is important to appreciate one’s roots, a strong tree cannot stay buried in the ground but must grow above the surrounding canopy to reach the light of day. Now just consider for one moment what would happen to much of America without a representative form of government. The only people who would have representation would be the highly populated urban areas. Because those areas would decide elections; the media and politicians would only cover and visit those areas. That would leave large parts of the country ignored.
And because those ignored parts of the country would no longer matter, monies and aide would likely no longer flow to them. Infrastructure and public education too would be wanting in those areas. Conditions described in the book, The Hunger Games could then become a reality for the U.S. Thank God we have a representative republic and not a pure democracy. The rights of the many should not trample on the freedoms and rights of the few.
Take a few history courses, and while you are at it a few ancient history course, too. I would suggest a book called, Mosely's Ancient People, to start with.
(Response to Editorial on (Eleftherios Venizelos and the Election)
Peter J. Hatgelakas