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SHUTDOWN: Squabble is part of elegant design

Letter by John Mills, Tacoma on Oct. 4, 2013 at 10:49 am with No Comments »
October 4, 2013 2:00 pm

Over at dailycaller.com is an article suggesting that we’re doomed because, while college students know all about “twerking,” most have no idea who Vladimir Putin is. Well, another sign we’re doomed is Thomas Friedman’s column (TNT, 10-3) deriding the shutdown as imperiling our democracy.

Friedman is a well-educated guy, but news flash: We don’t live in a “democracy.” It’s a “constitutional republic,” and a system where quite often minority rights, by design, trump majority rights. For example, the First Amendment protects Friedman from being made to sit down and shut up by the majority, and that’s a good thing.

Despite Friedman’s hyperbole, this too shall pass, and the country will survive. The political gamesmanship on Capitol Hill, where minorities and majorities have been squabbling for two centuries, is just business as usual and part of the elegant design of America’s governmental structure.

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