Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

GOP Bosses Aim to Profane the Election Process; Elections; in Forsaking Akin, Republican Leaders Undermine Our Country's Basic Ideals; OTHER VIEWS

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

GOP Bosses Aim to Profane the Election Process; Elections; in Forsaking Akin, Republican Leaders Undermine Our Country's Basic Ideals; OTHER VIEWS

Article excerpt

"It's the process, stupid."

That's what the Founding Fathers would have said about the fallout from Todd Akin's interview with Charles Jaco - at least that might have been their choice of words if they were as crude and unsophisticated as we are today.

Jefferson, Madison, Adams and their contemporaries understood that the greatest enemy of the people is power concentrated in too few hands. They really did believe that the creator endowed each and every one of us with the same unalienable rights. Upon that self- evident truth they designed a constitutional republic in which "all political power is vested in the people," not a ruling class.

To keep the new republic from devolving into the same sort of oligarchy they fought King George to escape, the drafters of federal and state constitutions included provisions as profound as strict separation of powers among the branches of government on one hand and as simple as prohibitions on conferring titles of nobility on the other.

If it sounds like I'm about to accuse Akin's detractors of undermining the most basic of American ideals, it's because I believe they are - some maliciously and others as dupes of the GOP party bosses.

Everything about an American constitutional republic was designed to prevent concentrated power and keep political power distributed among the people. It's unfortunate that in spite of George Washington's farewell address warning about political parties, factions have not only been established but two parties have, in effect, secured for themselves government-protected monopoly status.

Now, in what seems like a practiced chorus, many of the leaders in one of those parties are acting like true monopolists. It smells like an effort to accumulate for themselves even more power while disenfranchising the voters. They are profaning the electoral process and betraying the trust that was placed in them.

Todd Akin followed the rules and won fair and square in the face of tremendous odds. (This writer voted for one of his primary opponents, by the way.) And while it's true that opponents from the "other party" spent a lot of money painting him as "too conservative" for Missouri, what they said about him was fairly accurate and it turned out to be what the most voters wanted. …

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