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!