It’s up to the American voters
“Moving to oligarchy, plutocracy,” Dec. 15 letter to the editor.
A letter-writer asked “who will rescue the American people” from the possibility of “oligarchy and plutocracy” arising in the country under a Trump administration. The answer: the electorate. While our free press can expose the incompetence and criminality of public officials, only the electorate can prevent the concentration of political power in the hands of a few, whether that few be wealthy or otherwise. History shows that antidemocratic governance can sometimes lead to violent revolution — like our own American Revolution of the 1700s — but voting is by far the preferable remedy, with multiple-party elections giving the electorate more options to chart the course of our democracy.