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Letter: Amendment would allow for minority rule in state

Published: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Any law or constitutional amendment that requires a supermajority to enact a policy is actually a call for minority rule. If we believe in democracy, why do we want to allow a minority to control our policy? Are we that crazy? If we vote “yes” on the proposed Illinois Constitutional amendment (Section 5.1 to Article XIII of the Illinois Constitution) to control pensions or bargaining power for public employees, we are officially stupid.

Why not implement submajority rule for the working class; say a 1 percent majority for anything that benefits the 47 percent of “freeloaders” who pay nearly 50 percent of their earnings in taxes other than federal income taxes? What sense is it to require a 60 percent majority? How about requiring a 99 percent majority to implement any act that would benefit the working class?

We’re just insane if this passes. We would show that we have waved the white flag on education and civic involvement, and admit that a landed gentry owns us, which is the exact opposite of what Washington, Adams, Hamilton, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Paine, et al risked their lives to acquire for us.

Eugene Desavouret


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