Trying to decide where to begin in responding to my dear friend Keith Crosby's recent letter.
I'll start with "unalienable rights." Keith says that "Only God can give a right, not man." Ask any North Korean about how many unalienable rights God has given them.
He further asks about today "choosing between the Constitution and majority rule." As I see it, we are today having to choose between the Constitution and a tyrant. Donald Trump is saying that as president of the United States that he is above the law and he is entitled to do anything he chooses even up to the point of pardoning himself. The only recourse would be impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate, which is not going to happen as long as there are at least 34 Republican senators.
Keith also holds that "we are not a democracy, we are a Constitutional Republic." It is true that we are a Constitutional Republic, but we are also a democracy, since a democracy is a government wherein the ultimate power lies with the people. We have a representative democracy as opposed to a pure democracy. A pure democracy would require a 50 percent plus one vote in all matters and would be very unwieldly in any group larger than a couple of dozen people.
He says he is frightened by the idea that "to change any word of it (the Constitution) ….should make any patriot fighting mad." Our country has grown and changed greatly over the pass 200-plus years. Fortunately, our founders foresaw this and provided for procedures to amend our Constitution, which has been done 27 times to date. It does not have to be "broke." Times, people and conditions change, and our country and Constitution have to change and grow with them.
In closing, Keith asserts that our rights "are now being threatened by a few wanting majority rule and a life of dependency on government for their existence," but now we have a nation and government controlled by mega corporations and billionaires. Many of us feel that our only recourse is to have our government secure the rights of individuals and provide opportunities through things like education, health care and a livable minimum wage.
As always, I respect my friend’s opinion, enjoy our dialogue, and welcome any response he may have.