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Of course the US is a democracy

Published 9:16am Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In reply to Jeff Ramsley’s letter on May 10, I have to say the following. Your headline was “United States is not a democracy.”

What country do you live in? I have never talked to anyone from this country who felt we don’t live in a democracy. In my dictionary, when I look this up, it says a government by the people. That our elected officers are supposed to do what we ask them to do. If 90 percent isn’t asking them to do something they want done, I don’t know how a right-wing loon such as yourself can’t understand it. Every poll in every state in the union showed the majority to favor background checks on firearms buyers even Alaska. Never before has there been an issue that had such a high percent of support than this issue. You don’t have to be very smart to not realize that these politicians are crooked. The firearms companies have bought them out.

If you can’t see this then you shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Why didn’t you mention this issue in your letter? You far-right loons want to mislead the public about the issue. Why didn’t you mention that this issue was only to do with keeping firearms away from felons and people that stepped on other peoples rights. It had nothing to do with taking firearms away from the average Joe that has a clean record. These criminals should lose their Second Amendment rights when they commit a criminal act. I don’t know why you far-right loons want to protect their Second Amendment rights.

In closing I would like to say if you don’t like living in a democracy, move to another country.


Wayne Thorson
Albert Lea

  1. Randy Kruckeberg

    Wayne is the perfect example of “stalins semi useful uninformed fool” wayne can you provide some sort of creditable proof of your “facts” Your attempt to disparage people who you oppose does not help your argument, wayne you are in dire need of a class in american government and american history.

    I believe wayne you should use the term “whacko bird” for the people who believe that we need to abide by the laws and framework laid down before us by the founding fathers. Their wisdom and thoughts about how government should run are more relevant today than ever unlike the current administrations woeful attempt to govern.

  2. Carroll Aasen Jr


    Recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
    “The Pledge of Allegiance

    I pledge allegiance to the Flag,
    of the United States of America
    and to the Republic for which it stands,
    One Nation, under God
    Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.”

    Then check out the following information:

    “The Pledge of Allegiance includes the phrase: “and to the republic for which it stands.” Is the United States of America a republic? I always thought it was a democracy? What’s the difference between the two?

    The United States is, indeed, a republic, not a democracy. Accurately defined, a democracy is a form of government in which the people decide policy matters directly–through town hall meetings or by voting on ballot initiatives and referendums. A republic, on the other hand, is a system in which the people choose representatives who, in turn, make policy decisions on their behalf. The Framers of the Constitution were altogether fearful of pure democracy. Everything they read and studied taught them that pure democracies “have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths” (Federalist No. 10).

    By popular usage, however, the word “democracy” come to mean a form of government in which the government derives its power from the people and is accountable to them for the use of that power. In this sense the United States might accurately be called a democracy. However, there are examples of “pure democracy” at work in the United States today that would probably trouble the Framers of the Constitution if they were still alive to see them. Many states allow for policy questions to be decided directly by the people by voting on ballot initiatives or referendums. (Initiatives originate with, or are initiated by, the people while referendums originate with, or are referred to the people by, a state’s legislative body.) That the Constitution does not provide for national ballot initiatives or referendums is indicative of the Framers’ opposition to such mechanisms. They were not confident that the people had the time, wisdom or level-headedness to make complex decisions, such as those that are often presented on ballots on election day.”

  3. Jeffery Ramsley

    Hi Wayne, thank you very much for responding. I really feel sorry for you Wayne when you can only debate by name calling. That is why debate in this country is where it is at today. Liberals can only name call when the other person disagrees with their stance on a subject. All they want to do is suppress differing opinions. Wayne, if you truly believe that our representatives must always listen to what the majority wants, then Obamacare should be repealed because that is what the majority of the people in the nation wants. I am guessing this is something you don’t want to happen. It is easy to say the representatives are all in the back pocket of the NRA when you disagree with their vote, I didn’t see you criticize the vote on Obamacare when it first passed even though the majority of the country was against it. You saw what happened in the next election the House was taken over by the Republicans. That proves my point in that the representatives will eventually lose elections over their votes. We will see in the next election if the people agree with you, if they do then the house will become Democratic control again. It comes down to losing the rights our founding fathers thought were very important. But Obama keeps chipping away at them. Obamacare forces us to buy insurance, or pay a steep fine that gets worse as time goes on. Obama’s ultimate goal is take away our right to bear arms, Nancy Pelosi says if she could she would take all our guns away. Is this what you want Wayne, a government that suppresses the rights of the individuals and lets the government determine what is best for them? If you do I really feel sorry for you, that is a country that I don’t want to live in and I will fight to keep my rights from being taken away.