In response to a recent letter to the editor in the Oct. 14 Tehachapi News, titled “Battle for the future of our democracy is nearly upon us,” be advised that our founders and framers both feared and unanimously rejected “the evils of democratical governments” — George Washington. Thus, the framers opted for our Republic, instead. As in: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands…” and so forth.
You wrote: “The next presidential election … will be a question of whether the people in America want to continue having a democracy …” Once again, rather, ours is, and always has been, a representative Republic, not a “democracy” as you say, and our founders were quite adamant on that point.
You wrote that our president only has his own best interests in mind, “… even if it costs this country its democracy!” Conversely, and as before, our framers unanimously established: “We the People of … the United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of government.” — U.S. Constitution, Article IV.
As before, please refer back to my past column in the Tehachapi News, Community Voices, titled “The founding fathers on our Republic vs. a democracy” (June 12, 2019), where I posed this question: “When we set out to criticize my president and your opposition party, can we start with at least one sound premise?”
Nothing has changed since those last two letters to the editor. Your Democrats still need 67 votes in the Senate to pass an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and they still don’t have it. With any luck, let’s hope they never will.
William Nelson, Tehachapi