I generally favor the voter ID law concept to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.
However, where was that principle two years ago when the State Republican Committee undermined the integrity of the electoral process by having, what could been characterized as, a closed gubernatorial primary?
Two years ago, the state committee took it upon itself to endorse candidate Tom Corbett for governor over Sam Rohrer prior to the primary election. This circumvented direct debate between the candidates' policies, which allowed the Republican hierarchy and Corbett to set the party platform.
Put in another context, this political tactic allowed party elites to direct the consideration of the electorate rather than having the electorate directing the consideration of the party.
This reduces the electoral process to a facade for justifying the nature of the party hierarchy's theft.
At this point, the integrity of the electoral process has been compromised and the integrity of a representative republic has been turned on its head.
There is no constitutional recognition of political parties, nor should there ever be.
If the Republican hierarchy is brazen enough to sabotage an open primary, given the chance, will it become embolden enough to suspend the Constitution of our republic?
For either party to imagine it is part of a constitution - and therefore part of a constituted government - is an assumption, which is usurpation.
This is the type of unlawful taking that allows tyranny in the name of the people to substitute party platforms for constitutions of republics, thereby making the political landscape ripe for a dictator.
This strain of Republicanism has been adept at cloaking itself in the moral integrity of its base so it may stay close enough to slay the principles of our constituted representative republic. Half, who goes there?
Fred Albright, Hollidaysburg