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Parties aren't interested in voters' rights

Posted: November 18, 2012 - 12:02am

Editor:

Remember the battle in Florida following the 2000 presidential election? Both parties spent millions of dollars to save our democracy and protect voters’ rights, they said. This year, in advance of the elections, both parties had lawyers poised in many of the states to again save our democracy and protect voters’ rights. In some cases lawsuits were filed in the name of voters’ rights in advance of election day.

So why do we not see the battles this year in the close states? Simply put, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have any concern for voters’ rights. Because any recounts or suits would not change the results, neither the parties nor the elected leaders are going to do anything in the name of democracy or voters’ rights.

There can be no better example of the priorities of the people we elected on Tuesday. I am afraid that the intent of our founding fathers, as well as the Constitution they created, has been totally ignored by those who would like us to think that they are interested in the welfare of the country and the people.

James Madison wrote in Federalist 45: “We have heard of the impious doctrine in the Old World, that the people were made for kings, not kings for the people. Is the same doctrine to be revived in the New, in another shape that the solid happiness of the people is to be sacrificed to the views of political institutions of a different form?

“It is too early for politicians to presume on our forgetting that the public good, the real welfare of the great body of the people, is the supreme object to be pursued; and that no form of government whatever has any other value than as it may be fitted for the attainment of this object.”

It appears that Madison’s fear has been realized and that our politicians are taking advantage of us having forgotten “the supreme object to be pursued.”

Ted Hood Jr.

Harlem

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