Politics and Political Process

A Republic not a Democracy

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Kurt Wuelper
- Strafford
A Republic not a Democracy

We should remember we have  (and are guaranteed by our Federal Constitution ) a Republic form of government, especially as opposed to a Democracy

The Center for American Progress report on how democracy is doing in NH presumes allowing 16 or 17 year-Olds to pre-register or allowing people to vote over extended time enhances our poltical process. I doubt those assumptions and the consequent rankings. I'm unaware of any evidence that such changes would change electoral outcomes,  never mind improve them (unless one advocates for less informed voting ).

What they would do is move us further from a Republican form and closer to a Democracy. 

I believe that improving our ranking by these measures would significantly undermine our Constitution. 

Kurt Wuelper
- Strafford

The National Popular Vote [NPV] movement would effectively destroy our republican form. Instead of independent states, each with their own voice, would be replaced with a virtual democracy, wherein no State has a voice. This would give nearly total control of the Federal government to a few populous states. The small[er] and far more numeou, states' citizens votes would be virtuality meaningless. The bulk of the States, like NH, will be completely at the mercy of those few very large ones. A recipe for total failure of the longest running government on the planet.

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