To the editor: The United States of America is a republic, a fact I learned in my early years of elementary school. Daily, we children pledged allegiance to that republic. We have elected members of Congress, state legislatures, local councils and assemblies to represent our views as they consider pending legislation. More and more, though, particularly in print media, I see references to the our nation as a “democracy.”
Do present-day children pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the “democracy” for which it stands? Are present-day children carefully taught what a “democracy” is and how it differs from a “republic”?