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Not a democracy

Dear Editor:

As you know, we do not live in a democracy, we live in a constitutional republic. The creators of our great country knew that a democracy could not stand, so they formed a republic. A republic administered by representatives democratically elected by the people. Judging from many of the letters written to this paper, it appears that many folks are under the wrong impression that these elected representatives are elected to carry out only the wishes of the majority. Fortunately, this is not true. Fortunate, for those in the minority. While the majority does give guidance to representatives, these representatives have an equal obligation to serve the interests and rights of the minority. Without this check and balance, you have tyranny by the majority. Those people who think that they should vote on what happens on Reservoir Hill should stop and think about a time in the future when their rights may be in the minority, and those rights are lost through a simple vote. If every special interest group is able to carve out just those issues that are important to them, the ability of local government to function in a just and prudent way will be gone. If the citizens believe their representatives are acting incorrectly, change those representatives. Do not change the form of government that has served our Republic so well for over two hundred years. A form of government that is the reason that this county has stood and prospered for well over two centuries. Thomas Jefferson once said: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty nine.”

Karl. D. Cotton

This story was posted on March 7, 2013.
  • Grande

    It sounds like you are shaking in your boots, Mr. Cotton!