In a recent column “U.S. system ruled by ‘tyranny of the minority,’” Nancy Eubanks stated that everyone would agree that the Founding Fathers “wanted to form a representative democracy — democracy defined as a form of government ruled by the majority of the people.”

I would disagree and suggest that she stop reciting popular talking points and review our history. The Founding Fathers did not want democracy to rule. “Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths … A republic, by which I mean a government in which a scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking.” — James Madison, Federalist Papers No. 10.