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December 19, 2014

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In his column entitled “How to improve elections,” Trey Grayson says, “Clean, fair and credible elections underpin a functioning democracy, so improving the way ballots are cast and counted ought to be a broadly embraced, wholly nonpartisan goal.”

I agree that we need to improve elections, especially by eliminating fraud in registering, casting and tallying the votes. According to legislative testimony by Ross Miller, Nevada’s secretary of state, the state has eliminated lines on voting day by using early and absentee voting. Voter turnout has also increased drastically. In fact, Nevada’s voting procedures are being studied by other states.

However, the United States is not a democracy — as Grayson states in his first sentence and then several times throughout the article. The United States is a republic, ruled by law — and the law is our Constitution.

The Constitution is being ignored by our representatives and we are losing our freedoms and liberty. Soon we will be a democracy where rule by the majority will enslave the minority.

Our only protection is to vote and elect representatives who will uphold the Constitution.

The author is the chairman of the Clark County Independent American Party.

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  1. The Founding Fathers were correct to add a system of government checks and balances and 3 coequal branches: The Legislature, Executive and Judicial. So the voices and input of the minority cannot not be tyrannized by the power of the majority. It's not perfect but it is better than all the others that have come and gone.

    Carmine D

  2. I've read the lines and even looked in between them and I can't decipher if there is a complaint here or what it is. Is it voter fraud? Is it the unspecified actions of our elected representatives that the writer considers unconstitutional?

    Voting is a democratic process to elect representatives of the people to govern via a republic. Definition follows:

    republic - a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

  3. According to people like Tom Jones we have been losing our freedoms since 1776.

  4. "The Constitution is being ignored by our representatives and we are losing our freedoms and liberty. Soon we will be a democracy where rule by the majority will enslave the minority."

    Jones -- I agree with your first point, not the second. First, they do it because they can. There are no negative consequences whatsoever for any government official or officers for violating them. Nevada's Constitution has a better oath than most, found @ http://www.leg.state.nv.us/const/nvconst... You'll note those oaths are taken under penalty of perjury, meaning any one of those officials and officers can be prosecuted for perjury of oath. Perjury is a felony. Yet my search of Nevada Supreme Court cases all the way back to the beginning failed to find even one such case.

    Second, there's no danger of reverting to a simple democracy. More like a plutocracy (rule by the wealthy) or oligarchy (rule by a privileged few).

    "The Founding Fathers were correct to add a system of government checks and balances and 3 coequal branches....."

    CarmineD -- they were. But it doesn't actually work that way anymore. Go sit in any court for a couple hours and watch what those immune, black-robed tyrants do to our Constitutions. Keep in mind both the federal and Nevada Constitutions promise no person can be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.

    "According to people like Tom Jones we have been losing our freedoms since 1776."

    mschaffer -- pretty much. Washington deported people who criticized him and the federal government.

    Anybody else notice how whenever one must deal with government at any level, it almost always boils down to how much it's going to cost you??

    "...no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other's consent. I say this is the leading principle -- the sheet anchor of American republicanism..." -- Abraham Lincoln, Speech at Peoria, Illinois, October 16, 1854

  5. I really have to disagree with the way Mr Jones's phrased his second sentence, saying: " I agree that we need to improve elections, especially by eliminating fraud in registering, casting and tallying the votes."

    I DO agree with his sentiment, however. IF we actually find in Nevada the systematic ..."fraud in registering, casting and tallying the votes" seen lately in other states, especially by those responsible for enforcing the integrity of the process, then yes, we really do need to eliminate the path by which that fraud was committed. Is there fraud? Yes, we discovered that at the last election where one partisan voter elected to "test" the existing system by voting twice, and found that the existing system really does work! One isolated instance by one wing-nut wacko does not demonstrate anything like systematic fraud. It simply proves that there are nuts out there and NOTHING will stop them permanently. If you can't show its broken, why insist we change it and risk introducing a new break?

  6. Like Jim Weber said, while we are a Republic we also use democracy as our voting system. Therefore that makes the US a Democratic Republic. I know it pains you to say "democratic" but that is the fact jack...er Tom.

  7. "Carmine D -- they were. But it doesn't actually work that way anymore. Go sit in any court for a couple hours and watch what those immune, black-robed tyrants do to our Constitutions."

    That's why I like the tenet of a trial by a jury of your peers.

    Carmine D

  8. America today is a Democracy and became one out of the seeds of a Republic. The critical difference between the two is that in a Republic, only QUALIFIED people have the right to vote.

    In a Democracy, the right to vote is guaranteed to everyone, not just landholders, business owners, important people who belong to the right religion such as Protestants (but not Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims or infidels), those with money and men only.

    Thus, Republics are compatible with slavery whereas a Democracy cannot accept slavery. Republics are also very compatible with and become Plutocracies whereas a Democracy disappears once it has become a Plutocracy. The major step toward becoming a Democracy happened when the North won the Civil War and the Southern Plutocracy (a Republic based on Confederacy) collapsed.

    The danger to this Democracy is that a large fraction of the population don't understand the reality that they are looking at.

    18% still believe the sun revolves around the Earth and 30 percent believe cloud computing requires clouds. 6% of believe in unicorns, 36% believe in UFOs, 24 percent believe dinosaurs walked alongside human beings and 18 percent believe the president is a Muslim.

    They don't know what they are looking at, they don't know the difference between a Republic and a Democracy and believe that Universities are controlled by socialist intellectuals from Europe. Alferd E. Packer would have been impressed. He didn't like Democrats either.

  9. "I was not surprised your search could not find one case."

    BChap -- apples and oranges. I'm talking Constitutions, you're talking statutes and bureaucracies. That said, your post is entirely valid -- there's the laws, then there's the way government agencies and courts do things. As you've shown, it's a no-brainer which usually wins. Each time our liberties are eroded a little more.

    "That's why I like the tenet of a trial by a jury of your peers."

    CarmineD -- despite Constitutional promises, that right has been whittled down to practically nothing. Judicial rulemaking has eroded it even more. And don't let the jury get your case on a Friday!

    "Fear is the foundation of most governments." - John Adams "Thoughts on Government" (1776)