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Letter: Law not subject to whims of opinion

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 12:04 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

In response to Editor Eric Olson’s March 14 column, “Gay marriage now, legal pot later?”:  

Olson writes, “If this is a country where democracy really reigns, then barring a change in the trend ...” 

Are we then to believe that laws come and go via public trends and feelings? A democracy is ruled by majority feelings, trends and pop culture.

Our nation is a republic; it rules by established laws, not by popular opinion. Recall that segregation laws were upheld by popular opinion – until the federal government overturned same. 

John Adams said: “Democracy never lasts long, it soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was not a Democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

Sadly, regardless of one’s position on marriage or marijuana, these are pop culture issues; and where there is money, so goes our nation!

Mack Besser

Maple Park

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