To the Editor
We don’t now have, have never had and (I hope) we will never have a Democracy. When Benjamin Franklin left Independence Hall he was asked; “What kind of government did you give us?” He answered; “A Republic, if you can keep it!” FDR said about the Normandy invasion; ” . . . a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization.” The founders studied all forms of government and rejected Socialism, Democracy, and many other forms. They were fearful of “tyranny of the majority”. They wanted a system wherein the elected representatives would have the time and resources to analyze the best measures. They designed a system of government that was purposely slow and deliberate. One man, one vote was what they created in the House of Representatives as a democratic body. They created the Senate as a balance by living each state two votes, regardless of population or area – Grand County is larger than the state of Rhode Island but Rhode Island has two senators. They then chose a method of electing the President that is a combination of the house design with the senate design – an Electoral vote. Now many are attempting to tear apart this beautiful system of government that has allowed us to become the most prosperous people in the world. The media and politicians from both political parties shout “Democracy”! Politicians from the Democratic Party shout “Socialism” (the kind of government that champions one man one vote Democracy). There is a TV show called Democracy Now! The movement to emasculate the electoral vote is gathering momentum (let’s hope it is found to be unconstitutional). The leftist behind this movement are one man – one vote – majority rules champions. They think that the masses will be led easily to their way of thinking. Our Constitutional Republic fosters capitalism. It made us free to do as we wish as long as we do not stomp on others rights (as designated in the constitution). It designates the authority given to the Federal Government and leaves all other authority to the states and we the people.
Democracy now? – horse puckey! A Republic – if we can keep it!
Frank B Watts Winter Park Highlands