Reply to Oct. 12 editorial by “newspaper’s management” — Lynne Caulfield

I am not sure the best solution to “Stop These Partisan Games with Voting System” is writing a partisan editorial.

If the goal was to invite solutions and dialogue between neighbors, then I am not sure it was successful. The tenor of the article was more of an invitation to polarization rather than an attempt to invite solutions. It is commending to see you recognized our form of government as a republic. As Benjamin Franklin replied when asked outside the Constitutional Convention what form of government was being given he said, “A Republic, Madame, if you can keep it.” It was also Benjamin Franklin who said, “As soon as the people find they can vote themselves money, it will herald the end of the Republic.”

The republic is in danger as people look to the government to meet all their needs. Yet, the editorial also says, “It is likely that a majority of voters would NOT turn back the clock on…” and lists several current issues.

This makes it sound like we are not a republic but ruled by the 51 percent. If it is rule by majority of voters without regard to what is morally right, then America is not only in danger of losing the republic, but also its moral conscience. Right is right even if no one is doing it and wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.

“Abortion rights” was one of the issues listed which wasn’t made law by a majority of voters, but rather by judicial supremacy as the Supreme Court ruled the “unborn were not persons” and not protected by the Constitution. A baby in the womb in Vermont can be aborted anytime during the nine months of pregnancy. We are all unique human beings created in the image of God and the right to life is guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence.

The editorial spoke of Kansas secretary of state who has “ties to white supremacist groups.” It is hard to understand in all the dialogues about abortion rights and black lives matter, that no one mentions the ideology of the founder of Planned Parenthood, Magaret Sanger. She was the original white supremacist as she embraced the eugenics of Hitler and Mussolini. See “Grand Illusions” by George Grant. She believed in a white Aryan race.
Another issue listed was separation of church and state a phrase not found in our Constitution or Bill of Rights. It has been a misinterpretation of a letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists who was endorsing the freedom of religion without government interference.

We are all fellow human beings with the same blood coursing through our veins no matter the color of our skin, political affiliation, or religion. Instead of an “us and them” mentality, perhaps an invitation to dialogue and treating one another with love and respect would be a better solution.

Thank you.

Lynne Caulfield

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