Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


February 12, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Votes can change our government

We live in a constitutional republic that operates democratically.  Our elections are democratic. That means the majority (or plurality in the case of multiple candidates) rules. We elect representatives to serve us by a majority vote in free elections.  

We don’t need to stage a coup, or have a revolution to change government. All we need to do is vote. If you want to change your representative and can persuade a majority of citizens to agree with you, you can vote them out. In the U.S, all elected officials serve a set term after which an election is held.

If you cannot persuade a majority to go along with you, then the majority is with someone else and you will have to wait. Whether you are in the majority or minority, you retain all the built-in rights the constitution and bill of rights contain. 

Some folks say that they need assault weapons to keep the government in line and to overthrow it if they think it has become too oppressive, etc. A good question then is, when they overthrow our system, what kind of a system do they want to replace it with? A monarchy, Communism, religious dictatorship?  Maybe they just want to “fix” the system we have. But why overthrow the system we have only to replace it with the exact same thing.  Just vote the scoundrels out. This is the system the founders gave us to use, protect, and preserve.

If someone has problems going along with the rule of the majority, then maybe this system isn’t for him.  We know that big money has corrupted the governing and election processes to various degrees from year to year. But I don’t believe, they are beyond peaceful remedy. As long as the constitution is respected, they will never be.

Charles M. Whitt, South Shore

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