Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Democracy


US: Nation’s founders despised democracy

Re: “There’s no need for prepaid mail ballots” (letter, 2-3).

The writer states that “We do not have a democracy.” Correct, and though leftists have been successful in slipping “democracy” into the national lexicon, the nation’s founders thought otherwise:

• “We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate . . . as (it has) everywhere terminated, in despotism. . . . Democracy! savage and wild. Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to thy level of folly and guilt.” – Gouverneur Morris, signer of the Constitution.

• “(D)emocracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever

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ELECTION: Electorate needs to engage, participate

I’m writing this while watching election returns and with the American electorate in mind. I count myself as part of that group, but many people, according the polls, do not.

According to reported participation in this election, fully 50 to 60 percent of us did not vote. Before you pass this off as another statistic or factoid or post or twitter or text, stop for a moment and absorb what this really means for a country that bills itself as the bastion of Democracy.

We have fought wars and lost our citizens defending hard-fought rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. Chief

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US: We’re not a democracy

In Wednesday’s editorial (TNT, 11-20), you begin with a common misconception, writing: “The United States is a democracy.”

The truth is that we are constitutionally created as a democratic republic. There is a big difference between those two and, unfortunately, too many people are forgetting the differences. Please get it right, so more people can get it right in the future.


SHUTDOWN: Squabble is part of elegant design

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

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AMERICA: Democracy is more distorted than ever

I think the country needs to have a serious discussion about who is running this place. It has been three years since the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, and money has been the driving force in the two national elections since then. The Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Donald Trump, and the National Rifle Association pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into their election efforts to convince the rest of the country about how to vote.

Worse, we have an attorney general who has expressed no interest in prosecuting the major banks for their part in robbing the country of

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