Education can destroy big government
Reader Jack Ryan makes an interesting point in his July 23rd edition letter, wherein he states that we should place all state and federal laws up for referendum after allowing them to “expire.” The real point Mr. Ryan makes is not for a Bloomberg presidency, but for more emphasis on civics in the classroom. We don’t have — and probably don’t desire — a true democracy in the United States and will never have one unless the current Constitution is voided and replaced. We have a representative democracy as set up by the founding fathers with a division of powers between the Congress (House of Representatives and Senate), Legislature and Judiciary (which oftentimes operates as a secondary Legislative Branch, much to our dismay and detriment). We also have an Electoral College to represent the common vote and prevent well-funded vested interests from snowing the populace. Certainly it is clear that what little gets done in Washington would completely grind to a halt if the citizens had to put everything up for referendum?
I’m not entirely clear whether Mr. Ryan wrote this tongue-in-cheek, but if not, remedial civics might be a better goal than wasting efforts to have Michael Bloomberg become elected as leader of the free world. Dr. David Secord Corpus Christi, Texas