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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Would that readers, particularly those of the Left, knew their civics and their history (“No-good Republicans II,” Letters, Nov. 7).

A citizen of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, as he was leaving the Constitutional Convention in 1787, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy? Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

We live under a Constitutional Republic, just as Ed Konecnik wrote (“Save the Republic,” Letters, Oct. 24), not a democracy. The difference is explained in any unabridged dictionary.

Readers should also realize that the filibuster of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was in keeping with all filibuster speeches ever recorded in the Senate, nonsense phrases and all. You can look it up.

It continually amazes me that the only reply to reasoned argument is vituperation from the Left. Where is the kinder, gentler discourse proclaimed by our Chief Executive?

David Rivkin

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