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In its editorial of Sept. 17, the Daily Herald opines for elimination of the U.S. Electoral College in favor of majority rule, calling it antiquated and selectively using various aspects of the system to weave a twisted view of why it should be changed. The fault of the argument is summarized in two of the Herald's concluding statements: "And it (the electoral college system) was designed to protect the republic from democracy." And "The concept of majority rule should outweigh such a flawed tradition."

Wow!

On the first statement, the Herald, and other leftist organizations, continue to promote this falsity. Our system of government is a constitutional republic, not a democracy. There is a huge distinction. Our constitutional republic protects the minority from the will and oppression of the majority, a disaster that would be the hallmark of a "democracy." It's what ensures that all of us, not just the majority, have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without hindrance by the majority.

A "flawed tradition"? Where would the country and our rights, already under assault by the liberal-left media and Democrat Party, be if we were a democracy? Our system prevents, especially now in modern times, the three liberal metropolitan areas L.A., N.Y. and Chicago, with their huge leftist, government handout-dependent population, from controlling and dictating what goes on in the rest of the country.

Factions, and sectionalism, along with majority dominance, were the very thing Madison and the rest of the framers were concerned about, specially as the country's population grew. Democracy? No thanks. I will stick with the brilliance of the system the framers provided us. Thank God for that. (Thanks goodness I can still say, Thank God. Under a "democracy", liberals would have put an end to that, long ago.) Shame on the Daily Herald.

Steve Paukstis

Mundelein

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