By Abbi Overfelt
November 7, 2013
To the editor:
“All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.” — Edmund Burke
Terence Williams was quoted in a recent article as saying that if elected officials were to compromise, they should let constituents know what they will “get out of the deal.”
Mr. Williams epitomizes the Democratic Party’s mantra — gimmie.
Perhaps Mr. Williams does not know that ours is not a democracy but a democratic republic. I shall briefly explain the difference between the two.
Democracy is a government of the masses.
Democracy is majority rule that is destructive of liberty because there is no law to prevent the majority from trampling on individual rights.
In a Republic, authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them. Attitude toward property is respect for laws and individual rights, and a sensible economic procedure.
A republic avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy, resulting in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress.
A republic is a government of law under a constitution. The constitution holds the government in check and prevents the majority — acting through their government — from violating the rights of the individual.
“It’s unfair because you’re saying that you’re going to take away Medicaid, you are going to take away food stamps, you’re going to take away unemployment insurance but we’re not going to give you jobs,” Mr. Williams said.
The unnamed “you’re,” I suppose are Republicans. It was Mr. Obama who took $716 billion from Medicaid between 2013 and 2022 to switch it over to Obamacare. Thus the damage was inflicted by Obama.
I do not believe anyone had their Medicaid, food stamps, or unemployment taken away from them, contrary to Mr. Williams’ declaration.
Mr. Williams, like many Democrats, confuses what the government can and cannot do. May I remind Mr. Williams that the government produces nothing. Only by taking from those who do produce can they fill their coffers.
Former Sen. William Purcell said that Obamacare would work if people would give it a chance, adding that a lot of people who have said their insurance costs have gone up with the act really didn’t have any insurance to speak of before.
How could Mr. Purcell possibly know how much and what type of insurance “a lot of people have?” I would rebut by referring to an opinion piece titled “Constituents share ACA nightmare” published in this newspaper on Oct. 15.