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
Votes can change our government
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
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Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction
The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
In Your View 5/13/14
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