Do your homework

A recent letter, “The Biggest American Lie,” gave the opinion that we are a republic and not a democracy. That is not quite accurate because our government is identified as a constitutional federal republic. This means that our government functions as both a democracy and a republic. It is simpler and easier to reduce it to a “republic” for songs and pledges. It is no wonder people get them confused, our nation has both. We, the voters, elect people to represent us in our government and it is with a majority vote except for the office of the President. These people in turn pass laws with a majority vote for us. We are not a true democracy but we are not a true republic. Are the people representing us passing laws to benefit and protect us or is it to benefit and protect their ideology, their party, their leaders, their benefactors or themselves?

Hillary Clinton did get a majority of votes in the 2016 election. She was one of five candidates to choose from, not two. Essentially she received 48 percent of the total votes cast, she had the most votes cast for her out of the five candidates. She did get the majority of votes cast. No coalition was formed among the five candidates to get more than 50 percent of the votes cast. We don’t do that. Not everyone who is eligible to vote voted.

Democrats are not the only political party to call for the end of the Electoral College — so have Republicans. This arguement has been going on for a long time. It has been debated almost every time we have had a national election.

The lies in Washington are not just about the presidency. The President has been telling lies on a regular basis. Conspiracy theories are running rampant from the White House, Congress and the media (I include social media platforms here also). People doubt the information that is coming from the President, Congress, the intelligence agencies, the media. Trust has been severely broken and you can blame anyone you want. People will see what they want to see, hear what they want to hear and say what they want to say.

When you go to polls to vote, looking for truth, you will be hard pressed to find it. You have to go to the polls armed with the best information you can find through all the noise of campaigns and hope for the best. You are voting for someone who will be the best to represent you.

America became great because of her people, her laws, her freedoms and liberties.

Charles M. Reeder

Montoursville

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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