&#160;’Tis the season ofthe illusion of choice: When “the people” “consent to be governed” by anignorant and incompetent majority. Is majority rule equal to mob rule? Is therea legal difference between self-governance and consenting to be governed? Doesa voter/citizen have a duty to correct the error of their vote? Does Americanlaw respect the dissenting opinion of reason? Do those sworn to uphold stateand federal constitutions have a duty to protect those with “minimal contacts”with corporate government, and/or disagree with overboard police powers?
All are presumed to know the law. I attest that my 12 yearsof coerced public education followed by over three decades of personal witnessproves otherwise. Was the hard-earned 1986 9th circuit court decree of Lopez v.Okanogan County, et al., requiring a physical law library, circumvented by electedlocal officials; and, acquiesced to by the constituency, so as to increaserevenue by housing out of county prisoners in its place?
The voters have proven ignorance and incompetence bycontinually endorsing, or acquiescing to: A valueless money system;unsustainable domestic policies; hastily enacted legislation that grantsoverboard police powers over hard-earned liberties (e.g. PATRIOT Act, countybuilding code); war-mongering foreign policies; corporate rights equal toprivate individuals; victimless crimes – wherein the nonviolent offender is thevictim and “corrected(?)” via imprisonment with violent criminals and perpetualsub-citizen treatment; financially assisting criminals of banking institutionsthat stole the I have a reasonable expectation to be free from ignorant andincompetent voters.
Mr. Forhan, although I&nbsp;seldom agree with you, I readthe perspective you bring to your paper with interest. As the publisher, youhave the privilege to share your opinions at any time in The Town Crier.
What I find unusual is your habit of personally addressingthose who have submitted letters within the letter’s section. It seems to methat the Letters to the Editor should be a section for your paper’s readers tovoice their concerns without being confronted by the publisher in a one-waydialog. I don’t believe you would find Sulzberger of the New York Times,Murdoch of the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal or any publisher of asolely owned reputable&nbsp;newspaper arguing with someone who purchases theirpaper and expresses their thoughts.
Being a publisher endows you with many responsibilities. Italso affords you a powerful platform to share your views.&nbsp;Please respectyour readers and allow them to share theirs without confrontation.