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Faction is the enemy of our democracy

Jun 7, 2019 Joe McKethen / Riverton

Editor:

For far too long the president and the House of Representatives, as well as some in the Senate, have been bickering, causing our elected advocates to get little done for our country.

It is time to review the things created by our founding fathers in aiding this new republic with its journey to become an effective democratic form of government. (I have used to local library and other publications for the information that follows.)

The Declaration of Independence seemed to be a logical first step of being the framework of the Constitution, which is the backbone of a democratic United States of America.

The answer to the above-mentioned problem seems to be pointed out quite clearly while reading the Declaration.

To those ever-so-wise founders, the greatest threat to a democracy was the potential of faction. Faction is never ending.

Therefore, it was imperative that a check-and-balance system be developed to control the threat of faction. Those who failed to see this threat in 1776 (circa) were criticized as "far gone in utopian speculation."

Hence, our executive, legislative and judicial system was created as a way to control the possibility of faction.

At least, with the checks and balances provided by this form of government, the elimination of a totalitarian form of rule could be stopped.

Having previously been under a monarch, thefounders were intent on never allowing this kind of rule for the people of this republic.

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