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Democracy ‘sphere of influence’ eroding

From presidents of the United States to Supreme Court justices to news media outlets, down to opinions in our local newspapers, I see the characterization that we are a democracy.

When someone remarks we are a democracy, you can discount whatever else is said, because we are not a democracy.

A democracy’s sphere of influence is confined to an area where its citizens can travel to a central location to meet, debate their business, then vote on the issues in person, then the majority rules. When was the last time you voted directly on an issue?

The citizens of the Altoona Area School District asked for a ballot referendum on building a new school or not. They didn’t get to vote on the issue and now they have a new school to pay for whether they wanted it or not.

Even if we go to a small political subdivision such as township government, have you ever had a chance to vote directly on township business?

You can vent hot air, but you won’t get to vote directly on the issues.

The foundation of democracy is majority rules, and this foundation eventually causes democracy to become vicious and self-destructive as the margin of those for and against approaches parity on issues.

When democracy becomes representative it ceases to exist and voting for a representative does not make it representative democracy; it is a representative republic and the method of electing these representatives is called republicanism, not to be confused with the proper name of a political party.

The purpose of going to republicanism was to consolidate the small cantons of democracy, to broaden the sphere of governing influence and neutralize the viciousness of factious jealousies between them.

When someone represents us, we set down stipulations. These stipulations could range from informal verbal conditions to more formal legal stipulations, and where governments are concerned, are bound by constitutions.

In a constituted republic, the constitution adopted by the citizens is sovereign, not the political power of political parties.

It would be hazardous to civil order to take democracy with its vicious nature and install it at the pinnacle of governance for an entire nation, and of more serious concern, completely contrary to the purpose of the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist Papers that supported its adoption.

Those that hiss democracy hiss treason and are attempting to undermine the sovereignty of the U.S. Constitution and declare their political power sovereign.

John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, described democracy in his memoirs; he wrote, “Democracy has no forefathers, it looks to no posterity, it is swallowed up in the present and thinks of nothing but itself.”

Fred Albright

Hollidaysburg

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