Re: "There's no need for prepaid mail ballots" (letter, 2-3).
The writer states that “We do not have a democracy.” Correct, and though leftists have been successful in slipping "democracy" into the national lexicon, the nation's founders thought otherwise:
• “We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate . . . as (it has) everywhere terminated, in despotism. . . . Democracy! savage and wild. Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to thy level of folly and guilt.” - Gouverneur Morris, signer of the Constitution.
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• “(D)emocracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." - James Madison, father of the American Constitution.
• “Democracy . . . while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy.” - John Adams, second president of the United States.
• “The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty.” - Fisher Ames, speech in the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, Jan. 15, 1788.
Democracy is a temporary form of government culminating in oligarchy. It cannot last, and the founders knew that.