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Letter: Robber barons and democracy


Monday, July 30, 2018

Does the term robber baron ring a bell? The robber barons of the late 19th century, including C. Vanderbilt, were accused of “carving up the country for their benefit.” Also, under usage; “…they held sway over a helpless democracy.”

Is that what we have become again?

The U.S. Constitution is a guide for a democracy, not a business plan. The president is not supposed to be a king, dictator or CEO. There are supposed to be checks and balances in a democracy. Why? To make sure that no branch of government has more power than another, hence eliminating abuse of power.

It is my opinion that our chief executive is running a “one man show,” that he is abusing his powers by ignoring “right to know laws” and free speech and putting the country in a compromised position by alienating our allies in the world.

We need to dignify the office of the president and that of all our elected officials in Congress by electing honest and knowledgeable people who care about our natural resources, not for corporate benefit, and who want democracy to work this fall. We want senators and congressman who represent us, not the executive branch of government and/or corporate interests.

Vote for democracy, not the robber barons.

S.E. Burt

Barnstead