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Letter: Lawrence Mitchell
Principles have changed

Friday, October 5, 2012

The ability to vote is the cornerstone of being a republic. The U.S. was once a model for the rest of the world. Americans brag about being democratic with the ability to vote and select their own representatives. When a country can stand up and say, “We have registered voters and 95 percent of them voted in the last election,” it demonstrates what democracy is all about. This shows actions means more than words and the more people who can vote will make a nation shine.

The Revolutionary War with Great Britain established democratic principles, and after the war America became a nation and Great Britain became an ally. The democratic principles were firmly based in American society and voting was as American as apple pie. Then came the Civil War and people started to reinterpret what the Constitution was saying, and in the end one side really didn’t win, the other side just conceded. It was after the Civil War that voter intimidation took hold in America because there were groups of people who could never forgive Abraham Lincoln for what he did for some people so America could move forward, not backward. Some people in America are still stuck in the Civil War. The reenactments of the war that occur every year are living proof.

The old saying, “If you can’t beat them, join them,” has changed. The new saying is, “If you can’t beat them, say bad things against them and do not cooperate with them.” It is a shame how the basic principles of democracy have changed.

Lawrence Mitchell

Martinsville

 

 
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