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Letter the the Editor: What if We the People are wrong?

The basic assumption that most people make today is that the wisdom of the majority is always right.  But our national government is founded on the notion that the majority of citizens are often wrong.  Go read the United States Constitution yourself and you will conclude the same thing.

Besides, the national news media is always publishing some kind of poll that says to me that the average citizens must be a looney tune.  Every time I read a poll result, no matter what the issue, I shake my head in wonderment. I never trust any poll made by anyone.  I sure don’t want anyone making major decisions based on my checking of a little square box because the questions asked are always too simple.

My experience as an elected official is very limited but the one thing I learned is that citizens will support decisions if they can take time to understand all the things you were required to consider before you voted the way you did. The average person is busy getting along in the everyday world and has almost no time to dig in on an issue.

This may be a function of age.  When I was 40 years old, I hardly took time to even look up from my work and trying to help my wife raise two children.  Now I read the news a lot and spend time thinking about the issues of the day.

I think that the founders were hoping if they fashioned a complicated system with lots of people in it, decision making would slow down and people of wisdom and experience would have a chance to steer the majority to the best solution. 

I have been around long enough now to know that the majority is often wrong but that only a fool will insist on trying to force the majority down a path they are not willing to go.  Often times the best solution is to wait on an issue and hope the majority changes its mind.

The American people have sent a lot of new people to Washington. Some are as dumb as a stump and some are as out of control as a gallon of gas poured in my wood stove.  We sent them there by majority vote.  I rest my case.


Gary Pichon

Marble Hill