Letters to the Editor

Founding Fathers instituted a nation with majority rule

While I don’t always agree with Myra Jones’s viewpoint, I find she often has valid points I cannot refute. Mike McLeod, whom I usually disagree with, also occasionally espouses ideas I find to be valid.

However, in his Nov. 28 letter to the editor, “Founding Fathers detested democracy and its mob rule,” D. Merrill Adams, reached a new height in obfuscation and avoidance of any semblance of accuracy. Mr. Adams states as an example, “... the ability of Democrats to block civil rights legislation and to keep minorities out of equal participation in society and free enterprise.”

I would point out that the most significant civil rights acts were all passed under Congresses controlled by Democrats and under Democratic presidents with the exception of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Civil Rights Act of 1957, 85th Congress, Eisenhower.

Civil Rights Act of 1960, 86th Congress, John F. Kennedy, president.

Equal Pay Act of 1963, 89th Congress, Kennedy.

Civil Rights Act of 1964, 89th Congress, Lyndon B. Johnson, president.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, 89th Congress, Johnson.

Civil Rights Act of 1968, 90th Congress, Johnson.

In his most egregious misstatement of fact, Mr. Adams stated, “Ms. Jones should thank God that we live in a republic where we are not controlled by majority rule and are free to attain the highest goal we can reach by our own efforts.” Excuse me? Our Founders ensured that the will of the majority would be paramount. It takes a majority to pass legislation.

While a law can be vetoed by a president, a majority of Congress can overturn the veto. It takes a majority of electoral votes to elect a president and a majority of votes to elect anyone to any political office.

Although it is essential to our freedom, protection of individual liberty is definitely not synonymous with minority rule.

Stan Anderson

Bradenton

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